Stadium specialist Populous have just unveiled renderings for a brand new music venue in London, and it’s quite something. The company behind New York City’s Madison Square Garden (MSG) has plans to create spherical music and entertainment venues in Las Vegas and London, both to be named the ‘MSG Sphere’.

Populous to Open a Spherical MSG Music Venue in London

The distinctive MSG Sphere London and MSG Sphere Las Vegas will ‘feature an iconic design, and will be equipped with game-changing technologies that push the limits of connectivity, acoustics, video, and content distribution,’ according to MSG.

Though it’s still in the ‘early stages’ of design, MSG have released visuals of the first Sphere in Vegas, which will have a capacity of 23,000, with 18,000 seats and a further 5,000 standing spaces.

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The MSG Sphere London will be based on the same concept as the Vegas arena and will be located at the Olympic Park in Stratford, recently purchased by MSG. Further details, including the seating capacity and timescale will be announced by the firm later this year.

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The venue would be the first international arena for MSG with London being selected thanks to less large capacity arenas than other major cities, relative to its population. While London’s music scene is thriving at small venues, the likes of the O2 and Wembley are far from purpose-built for hosting music, so you can see the logic behind the thinking.

The MSG Sphere will be the latest venue designed by Populous in London, following the much maligned Olympic Stadium – albeit not from a design standpoint – and the newly developed White Hart Lane for Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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In other architecture news, Snøhetta has just unveiled renderings for the staggeringly gorgeous Svart Hotel located at the foot of the Svartisen Glacier in Norway.

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