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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has released new designs for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, following an outcry from the public and city officials reacting to the new stadium’s original renderings.

The new design drops the previously suggested diamond shape for a more circular look.

Project History

The A’s announced tapping BIG, along with firm Gensler, to spearhead the design in August 2018 with A’s President Dave Kaval saying: “we wanted a design team for not just a ballpark but a ballpark district that's best for Oakland.” He also noted that the A’s wanted “this to lead to something that's more transformative for Oakland.”

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Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has released new designs for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, following an outcry from the public and city officials reacting to the new stadium’s original renderings.

In December, the first renderings for the Howard Terminal waterfront stadium project were revealed.

“Our design for the A’s new home at the heart of Oaklands revitalized waterfront seeks to return the game to its roots as the natural meeting place for the local community,” said BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels.

“An elevated treelined promenade frames the ballpark on all sides, dipping down to meet the public square and open the field to the water and city views. The perimeter park connects a cascade of social spaces for the fans to enjoy the sport on gamedays and extends the urban fabric with a neighborhood park to be enjoyed all 365 days a year. In other words—we are bringing the ‘park’ back in ‘ballpark.’”

High-rises, running up to 20 stories tall, were also slated to surround the 34,000-seat stadium, with some overlooking the field. The stadium’s accessible roof was planned to be equipped with a slice of green space.

What Now

Last week, Kaval released an update, saying that: “Fans and community members alike expressed excitement about the design. Since then, we've continued to meet with public officials, fans, and community members to gather more input and refine our designs.”

The new design drops the previously suggested diamond shape (above) for a more circular look.

According to Kaval, the new circular shape will achieve a few things, including:

  • better ability to capture fan energy inside the ballpark for a more exciting and intimate experience;
  • a continuous rooftop park for use by fans and the community;
  • better views of the water and Oakland from inside the ballpark; and
  • a more seamless, efficient and fluid access to the ballpark from the surrounding neighborhood.

The new renderings also change the shape of the surrounding high-rises, which were triangular and are now a grouping of rectangular buildings.

The project still includes plans to turn the current Oakland Coliseum into a low-rise sports park and amphitheater, although the A’s still do not own either the Coliseum site or the Howard Terminal location.

Despite this, an environmental review is underway and construction is supposed to start in 2021. An estimated price tag has not been released.

   

Tagged categories: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Upcoming projects; Z-Continents

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