Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which has offices in Copenhagen, Denmark, and New York, is designing a new home stadium for Washington, D.C.'s football team, the Washington Redskins.
Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Set at the bottom of a stepped, grass covered drive-in amphitheater, BIG envisions a new stadium that will expand the game-day experience beyond the building's walls - turning traditional tailgating into a communal picnic experience during game days. In the off-season, the stadium and its grounds become a public park and concert venue for the community. The project will also include over 50,000 sf of exhibition space for a Redskins Museum as well as 100,000 sf of office space, club rooms and training facilities as a part of the 1.4 million sf plan. The new stadium will be located in the Tri-State Washington D.C. area, the home of the Redskins since 1937.
The stadium is designed to optimize game days, with a circular layout that is elevated to increase the capacity of bleachers at the 50 yard line. BIG's open arrangement forgoes 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. Two 8,000 sf scoreboard will accommodate display screens and game details, bringing crowds across the stadium together.
Outside, the stadium is wrapped in a golden metal mesh, which is pushed inwards and outward to create areas for entrances and concessions. Around it, a moat will ease access to the stadium through a series of bridges that eliminate the need for a standard fences of gates. In the warm months, when not in use, the moat will act as a wave pool and lazy river and during winter, an ice rink.
The parking amphitheater will be planted with reinforced grass, so cars can drive directly up to the stadium while keeping the surrounding field lush and green for use as a park. The raised terrain created by the stepped field will be supported by 5 levels of underground parking with space for 25,000 cars. It will also accommodate six areas for concessions and VIP tailgating.
At its highest point, the surrounding park is pushed down to create the Redskins Museum and the HQ and to accommodate four full-sized training fields. By night, the green amphitheater is able to transform into a performance venue with space for 100,000 people.