Singapore Sports Hub centres on 55,000-seat national stadium with retractable roof
Last month, the DP Architects-designed Singapore Sports Hub hosted its first official event: the World Club 10s Rugby. The intelligent design of the 55,000-seat National Stadium (the centrepiece of this mammoth scheme) means that the arena can host a variety of sporting matches including athletics, football and cricket, converting from one mode to another within the space of 48 hours.
To achieve this impressive feat, local design practice DP Architects worked with Arup, Arup Associates and AECOM to create a highly flexible stadium as the centrepiece to the wider Singapore Sports Hub. The design team was also responsible for: a 3,000-seat OCBC Aquatics Centre (expandable to 6,000 for specific events); a 3,000-seat OCBC Arena; 41,000 sq m of commercial retail space; 18,000 sq m of office space; a Sports Hub Library and Museum; and a Water Sports Centre.
The National Stadium, Aquatic Centre and OCBC Arena are set on a landscaped plinth, comprising three levels of community and commercial uses to attract a wide variety of users. The Singapore Sports Hub is part of an ongoing plan by the government to encourage Singaporeans to introduce sporting activities into their daily routine, therefore the 35-hectare development is easily accessible via existing pedestrian routes and public transport links.
Given the melange of social and commercial opportunities within the Singapore Sports Hub, those visiting for sporting events or to engage in activities within the various arenas are encouraged to spend additional time at the development, creating a thriving node on the waterfront. The social plinth provides almost 2km of ‘human scaled built form’ to counteract the immense scale of the sporting venues and generate a vibrant, welcoming social space.
Sustainable design methods run throughout the 35-hectare development, with the National Stadium standing as a shining example of ‘green’ architecture. The 312m-wide dome provides shading to a public Sports Promenade and is the largest free-spanning dome structure in the world. The naturally-ventilated stadium also has an integrated cooling system with energy efficient technology that delivers cool air to every one of the 55,000 seats.
DP Architects says: “Designed for long-term legacy usage from the outset, the Sports Hub will set a new standard for adaptability and social integration. By providing premier venues for major sports events, and inviting and inclusive public destination spaces, the Sports Hub is an elite world class sports destination that encourages everyday public participation throughout the year.”