Courtesy MEIS Architects.
Thornton Tomasetti provided detailed design for the façade and structure of a new 52,500-seat stadium that will be home to the A.S. Roma football team. The Stadio della Roma’s modern design includes echoes of the Colosseum.
The new stadium’s fabric membrane roof was inspired by the velarium, the ancient Roman amphitheater’s awning system. The Stadio della Roma’s roof is based on the principle of a bicycle wheel. A compression ring on the outer edge is connected by radial cable trusses to two sets (upper and lower) of tension rings that surround the inner opening. The “bicycle wheel” solution is much lighter and more elegant than a traditional steel-truss system.
The ultramodern glass and metal façade of the Stadio della Roma will be wrapped in a floating screen of travertine quarried from the same region as the stone of its ancient predecessor. Each piece of stone, arranged to suggest the arches of the Colosseum, will be backed by carbon-fiber mesh and supported via an innovative aluminum fixing system that transfers the loads to a floating steel structure of piers and lintels.
Privately funded by the club, the Stadio della Roma is scheduled to be ready for the 2019 season.
Federico Balestrazzi Joins Miami Office as Vice President
Federico Balestrazzi, a façade engineering specialist with more than 15 years of experience, joined Thornton Tomasetti in May. He specializes in the design and construction of complex building enclosures and façades, particularly high-rise curtain-wall systems. He is also skilled at working with structural glass, metal and stone. His presence in our Miami office will help the firm offer an expanded range of integrated services to clients in Florida.
Federico began his professional career working on the design and fabrication of offshore oil rigs and refineries in Houston’s energy corridor, before becoming interested in façade engineering. “I studied both architecture and engineering, and this was a blend of the two. Every project was diverse and challenging,” he said. Federico has been based in South Florida for the past six years, operating his own consulting business. He has also worked for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Permasteelisa Group, Glasswall and Metra Systems.
In his spare time, Federico is teaching his three children (ages 8, 7 and 3) about sailing, a favorite pastime. A native of Parma, Italy, he also has a passion for cooking and is famous for his anolini pasta.
Our Growing Team
Join us in welcoming new members to our Façade Engineering team.
Senior Associate Gijs Libourel
Project Director Anna Lorimer
Senior Façade Designer Daniele Norbiato
Engineers Clara Dona-Hie and Norman Richardson
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