The building itself features lightweight, translucent wall panels and natural ventilation system to reduce its energy demand.
The unique façade of The SSE Hydro, made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, has been made possible by using a special film originally developed for the space industry
“Its design strengthens connections to the River Clyde and will be central to the Queen’s Dock redevelopment – its series of new public spaces will bring the riverfront to life and open it up for all to enjoy,” say Foster + Partners.
The seating bowl is shaped like an amphitheater and enclosed by a 1,400-ton lattice steel roof and wrapped in translucent ETFE cushions. Foster + Partners say that “… the façade is more transparent to draw in natural light, animating the building with the movement of people and exposing the dramatic structure that supports the tiers of seating within. The spaces are protected from solar gain by a frit pattern, applied to the ETFE cushions.”
In addition to daylighting, the Hydro combines natural and mechanical ventilation to reduce energy demands. “Fresh air is drawn into the building above the entrances, and vented at a high level” creating a breeze to cool sweaty concert goers without using extra energy
Source: Inhabitat.com/ The Hydro.com