British firms Arup and David Chipperfield Architects have won a competition to design a 16,000-capacity arena for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan.
The arena’s elliptical design is inspired by the form of a classical amphitheatres, but reinterpreted using modern materials. Three irregularly-shaped aluminium rings separated by glass bands will adorn the façade, and at night LED strips will display large-scale media events.
The stadium will be part of Milano Santa Giulia, a new district in the southeast of the city masterplanned by Foster + Partners. As well as the sports facilities, it will contain residential buildings, schools, a park and shops.
After the Olympics are over, the Santa Giulia arena will host concerts, sports events and festivals, as will the 10,000 sq m piazza that surrounds it.