Construction has started on the world’s largest indoor arena in Manila, Philippines, designed by architecture firm Populous.
Valued at US$214m, the 50,000-seat venue at Ciudad de Victoria was commissioned by the Philippine’s Iglesia Ni Cristo (the Church of Christ) and will be completed in time for the church’s centennial celebration in 2014.
Project director, Populous senior principal Andrew James, said: “The building’s capacity pushes the boundary of arena design and will eventually establish itself as the world’s largest indoor arena. The form uses simple geometry to create an elegant appearance, while also giving the venue a powerful presence within its setting.”
Populous designed the arena with engineers Buro Happold, and construction will be carried out by Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp.
The arena has been designed to enable a further 50,000 people to gather outside the venue for major events. As well as holding major church gatherings, it can also stage boxing and basketball games and music concerts.