The architect behind the new downtown Atlanta Falcons football stadium design recently released images which displayed an 11-sided structure, with an eight-piece roof that twists open and closed – the roof functions similarly to a camera aperture.

“This is primarily an open building that closes instead of a closed building that opens,” said Bill Johnson of 360 Architecture, the Kansas City based firm selected to design the new stadium.

The stadium’s many sides give it a unique shape, and also a view of the city for those sitting inside.

“The interesting thing is even though we have eight parts, they’re much smaller than other roofs out there and they have to go a shorter distance,” Johnson said.

An initial investment of $200 million will be spent toward the developments from the city’s hotel/motel tax, plus maintenance costs for when the stadium is finally built and in use.

The new images are design concepts and are open to change. A decision on whether to accept the design will be made by The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board on Tuesday. A location for the new stadium has not been chosen.

“A lot of retractable roof stadiums just haven’t been open very often,” said Rich McKay, Falcons president. “As good as out weather is, and as good as our environment is, and the fact that we have downtown adjacent to us, we’ve always wanted that connectivity.”

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