The design of Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by HOK.) According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.
The stadium, already under construction, will feature expandable seating (up to 83,000 seats), a 61,000 square-foot public plaza and the “100-Yard Bar.” It is expected to open in 2017.
The venue utilizes a top-notch rainfall-management system which saves water – reaching 47% less water than the standard. A well-maintained infrastructure aims at conserving water through high-standard fixtures. The garden surrounding the Mercedes-Benz stadium is designated for ‘foodscaping’ so as to contribute to the development of farming and the production of food in the area. A green landscape, which has an area of 13 acres, was assigned to car parking in addition to public events. The sports icon has 4000 photovoltaic panels which suffice to generate power for 9 Atlanta Falcons matches or 13 Atlanta United games.