The Hydro entertainment venue in Glasgow, designed by british practice foster + partners, is due to open this year and will play host to national and international music mega stars as well as global entertainment and sporting events. With a seating capacity of 12,000 The Hydro will augment the SECC’s existing facilities, and will play host to around 140 events every year. The Hydro will attract an audience of one million visitors each year, which positions it as the fifth busiest entertainment arena in the world, alongside iconic venues like Madison Square Gardens and The O2 arena. Its ovular shape is modeled after the ancient roman and greek amphitheaters to provide optimal views from any seat. The iconic facade is made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, originally developed for use by NASA, to allow the interior to be illuminated during the day but give off a very distinct glow at night.

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