Stadio Della Roma in Rome. Courtesy MEIS Architects.
Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural and façade engineering services for a new 52,500-seat stadium that will house the AS Roma football team in the western suburbs of Rome. The stadium will contain shops, restaurants and an interactive AS Roma Hall of Fame. Adjacent to the stadium will be a state-of-the-art training and wellness facility, featuring the latest technology and equipment, dedicated to the team. The Stadio della Roma with its ancillary buildings will transform the peripheral Tor di Valle in Rome into the sporting hub and a new cultural center for the city.
The roof of the stadium is inspired by the ‘velarium’, the original stretched fabric cladding covering the seating area of the Colosseum to protect spectators from rain and provide shade. The structural system of the roof is based on the principle of a tensioned cable net. A steel outer compression truss and set of inner tension rings are connected by radial cable trusses, forming the primary structure of the roof. Two sets of tension rings, upper and lower, are used, allowing for the opening at the center of the roof. A cantilever roof truss is present on the edge of the central opening, comprised of steel wide flange sections and steel U-shaped purlins. The main portion of the roof will be covered with a fabric tension membrane, supported by a series of steel arches that run circumferentially, providing membrane curvature.
The stadium will feature a state-of-the-art metal and glass facades with rhythm and modularity resembling the fenestration of the Colosseum, wrapped in a floating scrim made of travertine quarried from the same region of Italy as the original Roman amphitheater.
The Stadio della Roma is scheduled to be ready for the 2019 season of ‘I Giallorossi’ (the Yellow Reds A.S. Roma football club).
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