The 2018 FIFA World Cup is not exactly around the corner (truth be told, it is around numerous corners), yet Russia is already preparing to make sure this event will be as environmentally-friendly as possible.
Inhabitat reports that the country recently commissioned architecture firm Populous to deal with designing the new Rostov Stadium, whose ecological footprint will have to be brought down to a minimum.
Thus, natural lighting and natural air circulation will take center stage.
This particular stadium is part and parcel of a green city project known as Rostov-on-Don, whose main focus is on protecting the wetlands found just south of the river.
The Rostov Stadium will seat roughly 45,000 people during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and architects claim that it will be completely blend in with the local landscape.