A steeply inclined plot on the north side of a former railroad yard, on the edge of downtown.
A 600,000-square-foot mixed-use development, including a 20,000-seat professional soccer stadium, offices, retail, restaurants, a hotel, an exhibition field, and parking.
With Thunder Stadium, Office dA aims to integrate a sports stadium into a dense urban context. Multiple points of entry respond to the site, and an integrated program allows for hotel rooms that look out onto the field. An iconic skin uses the shingle as a conceptual jumping-off point for a system of panels that curl, taper, bend, and spread in reaction to the spatial needs of the interior. Lars Lerup noted, "I know it's a most obvious use, a stadium. But I also find it beguiling and elegant and a beautiful skin."
Project: Thunder Stadium
Client: Dean Johnson (Wingfield Corp.) c/o Shane Coen, Master Planner (Coen + Partners)
Architect: Office dA, Boston—Monica Ponce de Leon, Nader Tehrani, Daniel Gallagher (project design); Maria Guest, Brandon Clifford (project managers); Arthur Chang, Harry Lowd, Adam Fure, Ellie Abrons, Catie Newell, Lisa Huang, Jiyoung Park, Richard Lee, Remon Alberts, Melissa Harlan, Doug Shilo, Jessica Colangelo, Elizabeth Christoforetti, Mi Jung Lim (project team)
Structural/M/E/P Engineers: Arup Sport—Stephen Burrows (principal)
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