Could we build the Colosseum today?

Movistar + on its Channel # 0 proposes a 10-episode documentary series that has the title How would we do it today? Different constructions of the history are analyzed and they are tried to reproduce at present, taking into account all the advances that we have.

The Colosseum is the great protagonist of the second episode of How would we do it today? Would it be possible to currently build this monument? And if it were, how much would it cost to carry it out? Through the documentary, you travel to the heart of Rome and the most iconic stadiums in the world to learn more about this architectural challenge.

During the Roman Empire, the Colosseum was a meeting place and entertainment for its citizens and in the coming years it became a reference for future sports stadiums. A group of engineers and builders develops a plan in which it is necessary what would be necessary to Erect this wonder of the modern world again.

As for the material, steel would replace the stone used in the original work. It could be done in about two years and about 500 workers would be needed. The plan challenges the original model, as it has to adapt to current aesthetic trends. But is he really able to overcome the true colosseum?

Dan Meis, architect of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, is responsible for “rebuilding” this work of the first century

The Colosseum was built with the intention of lasting throughout history. The experts affirm that this is something inconceivable at present, because the cost would be immense – even relying on the most advanced technology – and the income would not cover it.

The documentary thoroughly analyzes all the key aspects of the construction and, through computer creations, you can visualize what the final result would be. The conclusion is that a new colosseum could be created, although not as lush as the Roman.

It would have to be done on the outskirts of Rome, with a steel and concrete skeleton and plastic coated, to withstand the constant contrasts of temperature given climate change and the passage of time. The necessary workforce would be 500 workers 24 hours a day. The result? A 2,000-year-old stadium for 2.3 billion euros. Currently, no enclosure will last more than 100 years.

The documentary shows that technology allows us to build a colosseum as emblematic as the Romans did in the first century. And, after all, the goal is always the same: enjoy a great show in a shared public space adapted in our time

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