3XN: multi purpose arena
3XN: multi purpose arena 3XN: multi purpose arena
nov 11, 2010

3XN: multi purpose arena

‘multi-purpose arena’ by 3XN all images courtesy 3XN

‘multi-purpose arena’ by copenhagen-based practice 3XN is one of the shortlisted finalists in the ‘future projects – competition entries’ category of this year’s world architecture festival. working with a site in united arab emirates, the design aims to capture the energy and growth of the middle eastern region by basing the overall form on the centrifugal power of a whirlwind.

‘whirlwind’ facade

wrapped in a series of modulated ribbons, the double facade intends to make the building seem light and luminous, leaving strips of the design exposed to allow views in to the interior activities. the runaway ‘jet streams’ from the whirlwind create shaded corridors, which meet and extend the lines of the area, connecting the building to its surroundings. the ribbons are also strategically placed to maximize on natural daylight while keeping the interior shaded and cool to save on energy intake.

interior lobby

the arena is designed to provide for a wide range of events including ice hockey to large-scale concerts. the layout and design of the facility ensures flexibility, allowing for the conduct of a number of activities within a very short period of time.

circulation space


night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3

floor plan / level 4

cross section

cross section

detailed section

  • looks like the guggenheim ny

    none says:
  • yep my first thought was the same – guggenheim is opening a new location?

    yojic says:
  • Yep it’s totally same as guggenheim!

    coyosa says:
  • To those who say it looks like the Guggenheim NY, that perhaps could apply to any round building. Should all rounded buildings be compared to the FLW masterpiece? This one has design features that aren’t included in the Guggenheim and is designed for a completely different purpose and I think very well conceived and hope that it succeeds. Congrats to 3XN d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • same as the guggenheim??? have you even been inside the guggenheim???

    askanman says:

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