the city of atlanta, and its football team the atlanta falcons are soon to open one of the world’s most spectacular venues: the mercedes-benz stadium. designed by HOK in collaboration with tvsdesign, goode van slyke architecture and stanley beaman & sears, the stadium will position itself as an iconic architectural landmark for the city. created with functionality and flexibility in mind, the structure has a capacity of 75,000 seats that can be expanded to 83,000. but its signature element is a retractable roof that provides a radical departure from kinetic roofs. 

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
mercedes-benz stadium, designed by HOK, tvsdesign, goode van slyke architecture and stanley beaman & sears

 

 

derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, the roof at the mercedes-benz stadium features eight triangular panels that wrap it and move in unison along individual tracts. this allows the roof to open and close like a camera aperture, even if an optical illusion makes it appear as if it was rotating. each of the moving petals cantilever approximately 200 feet inwards towards the center of the stadium, providing a roof covering when the petals are in closed position. in a close position, the petals lock together to form a watertight seal.

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
the structure has a capacity of 75,000 seats that can be expanded to 83,000

 

 

clad with air-inflated ETFE pillows, each petal is extremely durable, and has a lightweight fabric that is translucent, allowing for a light filled stadium, even when movable petals are in closed position. a 360-degree HD halo video board built into the roof offers fans clear views from every seat while they enjoy the game. other amenities include a technology lounge, a 100-yard bar and a floor-to-ceiling window offering views of downtown atlanta. the project aims to be not only an anchor for the downtown tourist and entertainment district, but also a catalyzer in the neighborhood, bringing changes to the surroundings. its sustainable design, construction and operations extends into the community through the creation of urban farming and open recreation spaces.

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
its signature element is a retractable roof

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, the roof at the mercedes-benz stadium features eight triangular panels

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
top view featuring the mercedes-benz logo

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
a 360-degree HD halo video board built into the roof offers fans clear views from every seat

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
the roof opens and closes in a camera aperture way

mercedes-benz stadium roof closing time lapse designboom
the stadium aims to transform its surrounding areas

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news