The Saddledome's days are numbered. Calgary has needed a new arena for a while now, even before the June 2013 floods. Still, despite Edmonton's rather public new arena process, there has been next to no news about what's in store for Calgary: not even what it will look like.
The segment's about innovational architecture, but you can skip ahead to about the 4:00 minute mark to see where the Flames come in. Here's a GIF created by sureLoss of CP to show off the relevant parts:
Basically: it's a building that is "dynamic" and "able to change states", according to Brian Mirakian of Populous, a group that has built numerous stadiums and arenas in the past, including the newest NHL arena: the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, which opened in 2010.
The above GIF shows the ceiling of a possible new Flames arena changing from a venue suitable for a hockey game to one for a concert. One of the biggest complaints about the 'Dome is the fact that so many musical acts skip it due to the challenges the saddle-shaped roof presents. This changing ceiling may give us the best of both worlds: a unique shape iconic for the western city Calgary is, and a building acts won't skip.
Now, there's nothing official about this - the rendering could just be Populous bidding for the Flames' services - but it'd be pretty damn cool if this ends up happening.
Speaking on a personal note, on Populous' NHL resume are the XCel Energy Center (Minnesota), the CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh), and the Prudential Center (New Jersey): the three most recent arenas to host the draft, and three arenas I've been to. And let me just say: they are gorgeous. They're very roomy (imagine a world where you can walk freely on the concourse!), they allow for a lot of natural light, they have escalators! Escalators are fun! If Populous ends up working on Calgary's new arena, we'll probably be getting something really, really good.