Los Angeles, CA


Sports World

The Stadium is the remnant of an earlier era of building.  It served a central role as a single-use facility for national / international soccer matches & athletic events for thirty years. Given the opportunity, a newly-defined legacy can continue to support future programmatic, cultural and community needs, forming a key master plan node.  This competition questions the typology of the sports mega-plex by creating a “city within the City,” supporting adaptive reuse on a large, urban scale.  First, it proposes links to the city—metro and bus transportation— as well as to its neighborhood, challenging the idea of an insular, iconic building.  It establishes community connections: a walking trail, pedestrian bridges, educational components, small outdoor sports courts, and “abra” boat rentals.

This complex consolidates community-related sports program, competition venues, & sports education into a single complex that fosters communication and sparks urban life.  The scheme originates from observation of the climate and vernacular rural architecture.   It aims to create a low-energy building model that sets a world-wide precedent.  The ‘souk’--a traditional marketplace--is an important element in the public realm, combining sun protection / light-infiltration to create healthy environments.  Given the extreme climate, it is apparent that the new Sports World must take its clues from a conceptual understanding of past, present, and future typologies.

Project design and administration while Project Manager at Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

Architect: Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

Image courtesy: Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Undisclosed

Multi-Purpose Hall
Multi-Purpose Hall

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