Arup Associates

Arup Associates are based in London.  Their web sites says that they, "offer a radical alternative to conventional architectural practice, creating pioneering holistic design that is focused on people. The studio practices multidisciplinary design where engineers and architects work side by side in embedded teams in a single practice. Unified design takes this philosophy into the 21st century."

City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands, Ashton New Road and Alan Turing Way - 2002

The City of Manchester Stadium was designed to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games and subsequently to become the home for Manchester City Football Club. Arup describe it as follows:  "The masted roof structure integrates with the spiral circulation towers. These provide urban scale, orientation, and a safe, stepless access. The saddleback seating bowl geometry combines optimum sight lines with in-the-round intimacy.  The bowl is dug into the ground to reduce bulk and improve spectator access. A continuous, flowing roof plane mirrors the bowl profile to provide maximum shelter whilst admitting sunlight and air to the playing surface. "

The images above are shown with the permission of English Heritage.