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The SSE Hydro joins the Clyde Auditorium on the northern edge of the River Clyde to create a new entertainment destination within the redevelopment of Glasgow’s former docks. A highly flexible indoor venue, the arena’s 12,500-capacity auditorium bowl provides a combination of fixed, retractable and removable seating to enable a wide range of different staging and concert layouts – it can also be configured for a number of sporting events.

The building’s form is generated from the inside-out by the seating, which wraps around the stage above ground level and rises to the front, optimising the viewing angle and drawing the audience closer to the excitement of the performance

The roof canopy follows this distinctive angled profile, rising away from the busy main road to the rear to reveal a dramatic 40-metre-high elevation to the south – its dramatic structure spans 120 metres in a shallow dome of diagonally latticed steelwork. The upper part of the building is clad in ripples of a translucent material, onto which can be projected patterns and images, and which can be illuminated to make the building glow like a beacon for the new quarter at night.

Opening up the riverside, the arena is set back from the water’s edge to frame a new public square between the two buildings.

The main entrance is to the south of the Arena, via a generous top-lit lobby. A second, fully glazed high-level atrium gives visitors panoramic views of over the public square to the river, and leads to further facilities, including a dedicated VIP floor with boxes and club seats.

Ranked 4th place in the Pollstar

Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues”.

Appointment: 2005
Construction Start: 2011
Completion: 2013

Area: 25 000m²
Capacity: 12500

Client: Scottish Exhibition Centre Ltd (SEC)

Structural Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
M+E Engineer: Arup

Features

Performance 'bowl' at ground level can use a combination of fixed, retractable and removable seating to create different staging and concert layouts as well as some sports events.

The roof has a120 metre-span shallow dome, formed from diagonally latticed steelwork. The dome is 45m above ground level at it's highest point;

The façade is 15 metres high at the rear (north), rising to 33metres at the front (south). The upper part of the building is clad in translucent material, allowing daylight in and the front of the building to glow at night.

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