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    OFIS envelopes new Belarus soccer stadium in perforated aluminium skin

    A bulbous, aluminium-clad stadium, designed by OFIS Arhitekti for Belarusian football club FC BATE Borisov, has been officially inaugurated two years after its scheduled opening date.

    The 13,000 seat stadium features a shimmering aluminium exterior with circular windows, designed to give the impression of a perforated fabric skin stretched over the “skeleton” form of the domed building.

    The rounded shape was engineered to improve acoustics on the pitch, which is oriented north to south to ensure that sunlight is evenly distributed for both teams playing in a match.

    Spectator seating is arranged around the playing field in rows of 17 along the sides and rows of 27-28 along the short lengths.    

    The upper west gallery is reserved for press, with seating for up to 40 journalists, while VIP stands with 250 seats are positioned on the east side.

    Approximately 3,000 square metres of public facilities are located on the ground level of the stadium, including restaurants, bars, shops, a bowling alley and a fitness centre.

    Courtesy Inhabitat and Arch Daily

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