Less than a month after the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics, it is already time to think about the next edition, which will be held in 2026 in Milan and Cortina. In view of the inauguration ceremony, the facilities that will host some of the disciplines are being built in the Lombard capital, one of which will bear the signature of the studio founded by the archistar David Chipperfield, together with the engineering firm Arup.
The arena, which will host hockey tournaments during the games, will be called Arena Santa Giulia, after the district in which the facility will be built, surrounded by residential and commercial buildings, as well as a park and a 10,000 square metre square.
The building’s elliptical plan is inspired by Roman amphitheatres, while three circles with LED screens on the outside will present the sporting events and concerts that the arena plans to host once the Olympics are over.
The Santa Giulia Arena will accommodate 12,000 seated spectators and another 4,000 will be able to watch the events standing up. The public will have access to the facility via a wide staircase, flanked by a green area. The entire site will take energy sustainability into account, with photovoltaic systems outside to meet the needs of the building.
The project, presented by David Chipperfield through the first renderings published in recent days, has a monumental and elegant appearance, the style and approach to design is in line with another major sports facility that will rise in Milan in the coming years, namely the new stadium of Milan and Inter, designed by Populous.