Extraordinary Sci-Fi-esque spherical arena unveiled for London

April 5, 2018 by  
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Architecture firm Populous has unveiled their extraordinary designs for MSG Sphere London, a massive spherical arena set to rise on a five-acre site near Olympic Park . Envisioned as a glowing orb wrapped in digital screens, the 18,000-seat arena would host music and esport events for the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). The MSG Sphere London appears visually identical to the renderings of the MSG arena for Las Vegas, also designed by Populous. Perhaps best known for their design of London’s Olympic Stadium , Populous has made its name in stadium designs worldwide. In the two MSG Sphere schemes, the architects push the envelope in eye-catching stadium design and technology. Digital screens wrap around the exterior while the interior will boast the “largest and highest resolution media display on Earth,” says MSG. Related: London’s 2012 Olympic Park Opens to the Public this Week After Years of Preparation The arena will be equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment as well as a “custom spherical camera system.” “MSG Sphere London is a natural fit for events such as esports, where audiences will be able to participate in the competition and interact with each other,” reads a statement from MSG . “It represents an important milestone in the company’s vision to redefine live entertainment through iconic venues that will feature game-changing technologies and pioneer the next generation of transformative, immersive experiences.” + Populous Via Dezeen Images via Populous

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Whimsical park built of recycled materials pops up in Shanghai

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Shanghai’s hip Anfu Road recently found itself home to a whimsical urban intervention showing how one man’s trash could be turned into public space treasure. AIM Architecture and URBAN MATTERS designed the temporary urban park, called Urban Bloom, as an experimental exercise pairing reclaimed pallets with glowing tree-like sculptures. “Transformed into an ideal urban garden, and constructed entirely from artificial means, it is a project for a city that emphasizes people,” wrote the designers. Open to the public, Urban Bloom is nestled in a quiet courtyard with popular eateries and boutiques within striking distance. Recycled timber pallets are used as modular building blocks stacked to form seating and visual interest. The installation undulates on one side to resemble hilly topography. Related: Shanghai’s sponge districts fight flooding with green space Potted plants are placed around part of the park’s perimeter to create a garden aesthetic. Plastic spheres tied to poles are filled with foliage in a sculptural take on trees. Repurposed materials were predominately used as part of the designers’ desire to promote sustainable concepts. “At the same time, cities are huge producers of waste and trash,” wrote the designers. “We wanted this new space to be low-impact, and interact with natural elements in an artificial way – in short, proving it’s possible to make something new from nothing new at all.” + AIM Architecture + URBAN MATTERS Via ArchDaily Images © URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

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