Scheme being built in Xi’an

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled images of its design for a 60,000-seat football stadium in China.

The scheme in Xi’an will host national and international matches as well as domestic league games. It will also be able to stage youth training academies, entertainment performances and cultural events.

It is being built in the central Chinese city’s Fengdong New District.

The stadium, which will include public spaces, recreation and dining facilities, will host matches in the Asian Cup being staged in China in 2023.

The facades have been designed in a way to protect the stadium from northerly winds while it will feature an ultra-lightweight long span cable-net roof structure.

A translucent membrane over the seating protects spectators from inclement weather and direct sunlight while also allowing the most amount of natural light to reach the playing surface.