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Brief Published: 29 Nov 2011

Bilbao Arena’s Leaf-Like Exterior


International architecture firm ACXT Architects has recently completed the Bilbao Arena in Spain. In an effort to improve the structure’s efficiency, the exterior is covered in hundreds of steel panels that can be removed to improve air circulation and allow daylight into the arena, enabling air conditioning and lighting costs to be reduced.

The arena also includes a water harvesting system that helps to support irrigation of the surrounding land. Coated in several different shades of green, the panels are designed to give the impression of a building covered in leaves, reflecting its eco credentials in its appearance.

ACXT Architects