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This Toyo Ito Stadium in Taiwan is Powered Completely by the Sun

By: Jordan M - Published: Mar 17, 2011 • References: toyo-ito and deputy-dog
It isn't an easy task to power a sports center with 3,300 lights and two giant video screens via sustainable energy alone, but that is exactly the claim to fame that this remarkable Toyo Ito stadium has achieved.

Featuring a phenomenal 14,155 sq. meter saddle-shaped roof covered in photovoltaic panels, this Toyo Ito stadium generates 100% of its energy needs from the sun -- no mean feat for a structure designed to seat 50,000 people and is so big that it occupies a 19-hectare plot of land.

On top of this already mind-blowing achievement, however, this Toyo Ito stadium also boasts an infrastructure largely composed of locally sourced and reusable materials. It's definitely refreshing to see sustainable construction practices so thoroughly integrated in a building of this magnitude.