World Cup Stadium
As the world’s first major sports stadium that is net-zero energy and LEED-platinum, Brazil’s new Estádio Nacional de Brasília is as green as the grass on the pitch. The stadium’s sprawling white roof reflects sunlight to keep it cool, is coated with titanium dioxide which captures greenhouse gasses, and rimmed with a 2.5-megawatt solar array to fulfill the stadium’s power needs. More than half of most stadiums’ carbon emissions come from auto transportation to and from events, so a bicycle valet service will be offered during the 2014 World Cup.
For Hemispheres magazine. Christine Bower-Wright, art director.