Roma’s new Franco Sensi football stadium will be fully-clad with solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint, according to architect Gino Zavanella of Gau Arena.
Moving from the Olympic Stadium, the Italian club’s new home will be fully clad in photovoltaic panels, and will house a museum of Rome’s football team, bars, restaurants, and lounges as well as regular stadium seating.
From the exterior, the stadium appears to be a large energy consumer, including a massive band around the perimeter which during the game will display messages and pictures through a gigantic LED screen.
But appearances can be deceptive - the energy efficient design includes an outer zinc-titanium membrane shell with one layer covered by solar photovoltaic panels.
A second translucent layer will allow 80% of light to pass through it while protecting patrons from the rain.
The stadium is to be named after Franco Sensi, the former chairman of the club.