Invasion of the Body Snatchers

An interesting architectural development over the past decade in the world of sport has been the rise of the air-supported indoor sports dome. These domes, very organic in their design, dot the landscape as if they were birthing pods of some large insect from another planet that has come to Earth to raise offspring; or perhaps they function as a chrysalis for the insect to metamorphose into some new creature.

Climate controlled hive of physical activity, with a persistent hum providing an aural reminder of the slightly higher than normal air pressure supporting the roof, how can we not consider these futuristic sport pods as being alive?

(Of course, we cannot forget that it is the silicon silk of the chrysalis digitalis that is the truly transformative aspect of sports architecture.)


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