So this is a stadium concept that has been sitting in the vault for awhile. But its spring training so I figured what the hay. This stadium is for the A's, should they move back to Philadelphia for some reason. Unlike my Phillies stadium which is on the Riverfront this stadium harkens back to the old days and is located on the northeast corner of North Broad Street and Girard Avenue. (Currently a McDonalds, some buildings and the now closed William Penn High School). Idubbed it "Girard Avenue Fairgrounds" in lieu of a corporate sponsor.
The exterior design incorporates a colonnade, an open street corner, and large top mounted billboards. The interior goes way back with exposed steel (including obstructed view seating), deep overhangs, and a grandstand structure in the outfield.
If you've seen my previous posts you will know I am an Architect from Philadelphia with a passion for stadium design. So, after reading the several blogs and Minneapolis newspaper articles about what people want in the new Vikings Stadium I decided to make a go at a domed stadium design myself.
I saw alot of talk about how Minnesotans wanted either a "Viking Ship" or a sleek modern dome. In my design I tried to accomodate both. I set up the stadium as a "ship" is the boldest sense of the word. Then I pulled the pieces apart and reconstructed them as I needed for the stadium portions to work. The hull is gone but the bow and stern appear as visual markers, while the port and starboard sides "hold in" the main seating areas. The roof is a set of ribs that shrink in proportion as they approach the endzones. The end zone upper seating is removed to allow the fans to see the bow and stern "masts". The exterior is "wood" (actually would be wood laminate or metal patterned panels) set in a shiplap style with the boards going vertical in lieu of the actual horizontal. Streel "oars" roind out the sides and act as structural support. In my opinion it is both campy and cool/ traditional and modern/ in your face and accomodating.
The location is on the existing Metrodome site with an orientation 90deg to that of the Metrodome.
This is a concept arena to replace the Wells Fargo Center. It is located at the south end of the Penns Landing area of the Delaware River Waterfront. The arena is built in between two exisitng pier buildings that are currently warehouses and self storage. It sits near and I95 exit and directly on Columbus Blvd. (a major North South Corridor). Parking garages would need to be built nearby but it is on the line of a proposed Delaware Ave light rail line that would connect it to the subway and regional rail.
The design idea is a 3 story glass enclosure around a the seating area. Concourses would all look over into this area. This is fit in between the four major facades of the existing buildings with the current warehouse areas removed. On the north side there is a large covered public porch. The seating bowl ceiling rises up and gives the roofscape a convex shape that is covered in grass and becomes a public sun park. The Interior of the seating bowl has exposed structure and a wood ceiling.
This is a concept college football stadium for Northwestern University. It is located on the open athletic fields site on Lake Michigan.
The design incorporates a full lower bowl of seating and three sides of upper decks. The south end is open with a large scoreboard and view of Chicago in the distance. There is an "iron gate" that wraps the stadium and is the base for pressbox on the west sideline. The pressbox design is plays off of the small tracery windows in the the old collegiate gothic arched windows, but on a grander scale. Since Northwestern re-introduced the stripe into their uniforms, I introduced it into the stadium design.
This is a Fantasy Stadium I design a few years back before they renovated the existing Stadium. It was the first fantasy stadium I ever designed. It is a completely new Arrowhead located in the parking lot to the southeast of the existing stadium.
The stadium is essentially "wrapped" in a metal panels that make it a big billboard for the highway. The panel open up at the corners to create dramatic entries. The wrap is topped with a pointed flat "Arrowhead". This is a two story enclosed building on top of the stadium. On the field side it is 360 degs of Luxury boxes. On the parking side it is rentable office space and the offices of the Chiefs. The scheme also would allow for a temporary roof to be installed for the Super Bowl. The shape and lines were meant to create a dynamic roadside visual and an enveloping interior environment.