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Foster + Partners SSE Hydro officially unveiled

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September 26 2013

Foster + Partners SSE Hydro officially unveiled
Foster + Partners SSE Hydro has been officially unveiled for the first time today with the SECC, architects and Glasgow City Council rolling out the red carpet for the venues inaugural performance - by Admiral Fallow.

The 13,000 capacity arena is set to play host to a packed programme of events as centrepiece of the city’s cultural output, welcoming artists and bands as well as comedians and sporting events.

Rising to 45m in height the futuristic dome has been inspired by the amphitheatres of ancient Greece and Rome, with all seats enjoying unobstructed lines of sight and state of the art acoustics.

Externally a translucent ETFE skin draws attention to the landmark, capable of displaying 12.8m colours and moving imagery which can be projected onto the canopy.

Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners said: “With its vast steel roof and capacity for 13,000, this is the largest performance arena that the practice has designed – operationally, it allows performers a great deal of freedom in staging events, and visually, its form helps to capture the excitement of a concert.

"We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with SECC once again, almost 18 years since we were first commissioned to design the Clyde Auditorium. The SSE Hydro has been a great team effort and it is fantastic to see the arena come to life for its first concert.”

Photography by Neale Smith and Foster + Partners.
Foster + partners first became involved in the SECC estate 18 years ago with the Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo). An unofficial nickname for their latest creation has yet to be settled on.or
Foster + partners first became involved in the SECC estate 18 years ago with the Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo). An unofficial nickname for their latest creation has yet to be settled on.or
The Hydro is as big an attraction as the performances taking place within it
The Hydro is as big an attraction as the performances taking place within it

4 Comments

Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 27 Sep 2013 at 09:25 AM
Can't wait to watch the Steps reunion tour here. The top notch acoustics should really show off their world class vocals.
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 27 Sep 2013 at 09:51 AM
Vampire Weekend kick Steps Ass!
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#3 Posted by ... on 27 Sep 2013 at 11:31 AM
ah. Vampire Weekend and Steps, those old musical rivals.
brian
#4 Posted by brian on 27 Sep 2013 at 18:38 PM
HAHAHA steps,Nice building.Siouxsie & The Banshees would blow the roof off.or the Damned - Brand new rose in town!

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