BIG reveals more images of Washington Redskins stadium design

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BIG has now released a full set of images of its design for the new Washington Redskins American football stadium, revealing more activities that the venue could facilitate (+ slideshow).

 

Redskins Stadium by BIG

Bjarke Ingels' firm envisions the building being set within a large amphitheatre-like park that could transform into a performance venue for up to 100,000 people.

Four full-sized training fields would be created within the park, as well as a moat that can be used as a wave pool for surfers, a river for kayakers, and an ice rink in winter.

Redskins Stadium by BIG

"The new Washington Stadium will be a lively destination both inside and outside all year and all week," said Ingels, who is also designing this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.

"We have sought to distill the essence of the game-day experience before, during and after the game, creating a more compact, efficient and intimate stadium as opposed to the colossal facilities of the past," said Ingels.

Redskins Stadium by BIG

The 60,000-seat stadium will be wrapped in a golden metal mesh that curves back and forth to highlight the positions of entrances and concessions.



The circular layout will make extra room for bleachers at the 50-yard line, but still give spectators a good view of the action. According to BIG, it has forgone "the traditional, tiered design of most American Football stadiums to create one big bowl where all the fans can see each other and cheer on their respective teams in unison".

Redskin Stadium by BIG

"We are incredibly excited to take active part in the evolution of the American football stadium, bringing the more than 60,000 fans closer to the game, the players and each other in an architecture of collective intimacy," added Ingels.

Ingels unveiled the design on US television show 60 Minutes earlier this week, claiming the "very practical" proposal is "designed as much for the tailgating, like the pre-game, as for the game itself".

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In keeping with this, the firm has now revealed plans to create over 4,000 square metres of exhibition space for a Redskins Museum. There will also be 9,000 square metres of offices, club rooms and training facilities.

Parking for 25,000 cars would be set beneath the tiered landscaping, allowing vehicles to drive up close to the stadium, but the moat and bridges will help to slow down the volume of people arriving into the building.

Redskin Stadium by BIG

BIG was first linked to the Redskins project in January, fuelled by an earlier post on Ingels' Instagram account showing M&M candies emblazoned with the Redskins' controversial mascot — an Indian chief.

The firm would not confirm the rumours at the time, stating only that it was working on a National Football League stadium for an undisclosed client.

Redskin Stadium by BIG

The Redskins currently play at the FedEx Field, an 82,000-seat arena in Maryland designed by HOK Sport in the 1990s.

The new stadium is expected to be built in the Washington DC metro area. No specific location has been announced, although BIG's images suggest the team has a set address in mind.

Redskin Stadium by BIG

Copenhagen-based BIG is rapidly expanding its presence in the USA and Canada, having released a series of new designs over the last two years. It ispartnering with Thomas Heatherwick on the new Google headquarters and working on a skyscraper for New York's Hudson Yards.

It also has numerous projects underway, including the Via 57 West tower in New York and the overhaul of the Smithsonian campus in Washington DC.

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  • Jan Limon

    It doesn’t matter if you like the name or not. If they end up changing their name in the future then they will have a nice stadium to go along with their new mascot.

    An architect understands that you aren’t working only for the contemporary moment but you are planning the future as well. Great job BIG, keep it up.

    • hellfire

      There’s a massive sucking sound emanating from somewhere. Is it coming from this comment?

      • Owens

        Good try.

    • Archi-Nerd

      Kidding right?

    • Archi-Nerd

      This is what you just said:
      “It doesn’t matter if the name is racist now. If they stop using a racist name in the future, they will have a nice stadium to go along with their no longer racist mascot.”

  • Jaime Aguila

    It’s like a bad dream that keeps repeating. Conservative billionaires blackmail the public, financing billion-dollar stadiums when they already have stadiums. BIG seems to be selling “youth culture” heavy on gimmicks to far-right organisations.

    • Blake

      Conservative billionaires. Hahaha! In case you live in another planet buddy the world’s (not just the US) biggest billionaires and millionaires are liberals and far left. Get your head out of biased politics and start to focus on reality.

  • Qui-Gon Gin

    “Render a moat” – 2016 colloquialism to describe an architecture marketing gimmick, a sign of a lack of ideas and/or selling of millennial culture to racist/far-right organisations.

    • M

      Did your internship application get denied?

  • Bananaranarang

    Looks pretty isolated. Are people going to travel all that way to play in a (rather sad looking) moat when there is a perfectly good river at hand?

  • Ale

    Amazing!

  • Archi-Nerd

    I like him but he should not have taken the job. He could have done more for the architecture, and done more good for the world than this building could possibly do, if he had rejected the Redskin’s RFP. Between this and Donald Trump, it shows that we are not as advanced a culture as we would like to think and it’s sad. If anyone could have passed up a big commission it’s BIG.

    • Jan Limon

      You will never get the opportunity to do more work, good or bad, by turning down commissions.

      • Archi-Nerd

        But I WOULD be a descent person and I WOULD be promoting a sense of morality in design. Suffice to say, this single commission wouldn’t make or break BIG.

        • Jan Limon

          You wouldn’t be promoting anything because no one would know who you are and you would have no work to show what you are capable of doing.

        • Jan Limon

          Good luck, little boy. One day you may learn.

          • Archi-Nerd

            As a minority I would never promote racial insensitivity. The only reason this profession hasn’t created more of a backlash is because there are barely any people of colour in the profession so no one cares.

            If this team were called the Washington Black Skins and had an African American mascot it would have been changed years ago, and yet sadly this is the same scenario in 2016. I’m on the right side of history my closed-minded friend. I’ll close shop before I promote such a thing.