Estádio da Luz Stadium is a higly advanced technological stadium with an innovative design. It was constructed next to the famous past stadium Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which was also called Estádio da Luz.
The stadium's technological design focused on the concept of light and transparency, or simply "luz" which means light in Portuguese. Although the original nickname is derived from a neighbourhood called "Luz", the design of the new stadium offered extra motivation to name the stadium "Estádio da Luz" (Stadium of Light).
The polycarbonate roof makes sun-rays filtrate and in the four corners of the stadium the tiers wind down creating an empty space and giving natural light the opportunity to light the stadium further. The interior space is characterized by three rings of continous tiers and is marked by the luminosity that makes the mainly red colours brighter.
The transparancy and the wavy profile of the tiers give a great feeling of lightness to the structure of the stadium. This is reinforced by the roof which seems to float on the underlying tribunes. The roof itself is supported by tie-beams of four large steel arches that have a height of 43 meters (141 feet). These are elegantly raised above the tiers and have a similar shape, defining the overall look of the stadium.
The stadium was designed by HOK S+V+E and constructed with reinforced concrete and prefabricated tiers, allowing a speedy working process for the construction of the tribunes. During the next stage, the roof was constructed which is characterized by arches that rest on angular pillars, spreading along a distance of 190 meters (623 feet) by 120 meters (394 feet).
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