Thursday, May 21, 2009

Solar Stadium

I remember this proposal back in 2004 when I was volunteering in the offices of the Deputy Secretary in Kaohsiung City Hall, Taiwan. This World Games Stadium, along with various other bold proposals, were steps in revitalizing the industrial port city of Kaohsiung. Even in 2004, I had already felt the energy and foresight behind the proposals coming out of City Hall. It is thus very rewarding to see this particular proposal coming to fruition.

Set for the July 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, designed by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the stadium does more than house 55,000 spectators. The World Games Stadium, with its 14,155 sqm roof (8,844 solar panels), will hold the record for the largest solar-powered stadium generating 1.14 Gigawatt Hours of energy per year (enough to power 80% of its surroundings). The government of Kaohsiung should be lauded for their foresight by backing a project that performs double duty that will prolong the functionality of the stadium well after the World Games. (via Arch Daily)

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