Building focuses on the stadium set to face some of the hottest temperatures of the tournament, Arena Pantanal

Arena Pantanal

Arena Pantanal

CITY: Cuiaba
CAPACITY: 42,968
CONTRACTOR: Santa Barbara / Mendes Júnior
COST: £112m

Cuiabá is located right in the middle of the South American land mass close to the Bolivian border and therefore hosts one of the hottest climates on the continent. Humidity is high, thunderstorms are common and summer temperatures can reach 40°C. This inhospitable climate forced this new stadium to incorporate a number of innovative environmental design solutions. Remarkably for a stadium, this one makes extensive use of wood with certified timber louvers screening the vertical steel porch facades, providing shade and cross-ventilation. The four grandstands that make up each side of the stadium are separated by open corners that help aid airflow. Completion was seriously delayed by a fire last October and a construction worker’s death last month.

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