Glasgow, Scotland, has unveiled a new concert arena designed by Foster + Partners. The waterfront venue, known as the SSE Hydro, features a 394-foot, 1,500-ton free-spanning diagrid steel roof. A circular array of angled concrete fins supports the roof structure and the 12,000-seat performance bowl, which is surrounded by lightweight translucent panels.
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Foster + Partners tilted the seating area to draw the audience close to the stage and provide the best possible viewing angles from every seat. The building includes 11 hospitality boxes, two large VIP suites, and a club seating level.
Circulation spaces run around the perimeter of the performance bowl as the translucent façade highlights the movement of people as well as exposes the structure supporting the tiers of seating. In addition, a low concrete bank curves around the base of the building to conceal catering and support spaces.