HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL

HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL, Courtesy of HKS
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After 21 years of playing in St. Louis, the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles — and a new stadium will greet them. Slated to open in 2019, HKS’s new LA Stadium will be the largest in the NFL (covering three acres) in addition to the home of the Los Angeles Rams. Beyond sports usage, the structure will also host a performing arts center and sweeping public gardens.

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The regional climate and cultural DNA of Southern California and Los Angeles are the foundation of our design, said HKS Principal Mark A. Williams, AIA, LEED AP. We have crafted a design that is responsive to its site, the community and the global stage of sports and entertainment. We believe this project represents a very important piece of architecture for Southern California and will broaden the fan experience in sports and entertainment venues.

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After thorough research on the site’s climate, the architects created a design that adapts to its surrounding environment and provides a pleasant interior venue. The perforated metal skin that wraps around the stadium includes outdoor rooms and plaza spaces — blurring the line between inside and outside. Additionally, an ETFE (transparent roof skin that protects guests from the outside elements) canopy allows for year-round events.

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From day one, Mr. Kroenke talked to us about his vision to elevate the fan experience, continued Williams. He challenged us to create a venue unlike any other in sports that celebrated the NFL’s return to Los Angeles.

Furthermore, the venue will provide 70,000 fixed seats, with the option to entertain more than 100,000 fans. It will also host the Super Bowl in 2021.

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HKS, a global presence with a large repertoire, will be working with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment on this groundbreaking project. Stan Kroenke, owner and property developer of the Rams, is attributed with bringing the Rams back to Los Angeles.

As for the project’s estimated price tag? $2.6 billion.

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LACMA releases new renderings of proposed Peter Zumthor building

Credit: Peter Zumthor / LACMA via buildinglacma.org

Credit: Peter Zumthor / LACMA via buildinglacma.org

On a newly-launched website, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has released renderings of the proposed Peter Zumthor-designed building, which would replace four existing buildings designed by William Pereira. In total, the new building, prosaically named the Building for the Permanent Collection, would comprise approximately 393,000 square feet, a reduction of about 25,000 square feet from the current gallery space.

The Swiss architect has been working for years on the project and several changes have been made since the original design was released. Most notably, and controversially, the building is now designed to span Wilshire Boulevard.

The dark grey concrete building will stand on eight giant legs, which will also serve as galleries and retail spaces. So-called “Meander” galleries containing benches and artworks will connect the various galleries along the building’s perimeter. In the renderings, they are shown as wide spaces with large windows providing views over the city. Conventional galleries, named “Cabinet” galleries, are depicted in the renderings instead of the so-called “Chapels”, which will have high ceilings.

As Christopher Hawthorne notes in the Los Angeles Times, Zumthor is known to prefer models over the slick renderings typically employed by architects today. And the renderings look “undercooked”, as Hawthorne states. In other words, they’re not great and seem to be stand-ins rather than representations of what the gallery will actually look like.

Little of the landscaping, to be designed in collaboration with the artist Robert Irwin and the firm Spurlock, is depicted. The famous Urban Light installation by Chris Burden is clearly a cut-out of a Google Maps image and seems to be either relocated or simply in the wrong place, considering that the Renzo Piano-designed Plaza will not be removed according to the site plan. According to Hawthorne, the renderings were produced in part to meet deadlines for an environmental impact report.

Construction on the new building is set to begin in 2018 and projected to be completed in 2023. It’s expected to cost $600-million.

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For more on the Zumthor-designed LACMA building, take a look at these articles:

Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers’ market and VVIP parking

New renderings of the proposed $1.7-billion NFL stadium in LA's Carson suburb were unveiled yesterday. (steelblue + MANICA; Image via latimes.com)

New renderings of the proposed $1.7-billion NFL stadium in LA’s Carson suburb were unveiled yesterday. (steelblue + MANICA; Image via latimes.com)

David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, the firm designing the stadium, previously described the open-air venue as “like a luxury sports car” and “very aerodynamic.”

A brief video released Monday to promote the project described the stadium as “designed to be an instant classic.” Narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, it touted an on-site campus for the NFL that would “power every important league initiative for the next 50 years” as well as a farmers’ market […].latimes.com

One must-have LA feature the Times article glanced over is the “VVIP In-Stadium Valet Parking for Premium Fans.” After all, who wants to self-park their custom-designed Lamborghini next to a stinking Porsche Boxster and then schlep their personally-trained buttocks all the way to the friggin’ sky box?

James Dator at SBNation got the caption right: “HAHAHAHAHA! Look at all those poor people staring through the glass. They’ll never own a car that nice, and they know it!”

What’s your take, LA Archinectors? Will we be able to take the 101 to the 110 to the 405 soon to see a live NFL game?

MAD unveils “hillside village” project for Beverly Hills

8600 Wilshire by MAD Architects. Image courtesy of MAD Architects.

8600 Wilshire by MAD Architects. Image courtesy of MAD Architects.

MAD Architects is making their U.S. residential debut with the unveiling of 8600 Wilshire, which is scheduled to break ground along Wilshire Boulevard in the one and only Beverly Hills this October. Described by the architects like an oasis-like ‘hillside village’, the stark-white glass villas and lush greenery can easily appeal to the well-to-do 90210 crowd as California’sdrought persists.

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Archinect to host party & book launch for “Treatise: Why Write Alone?” at the Neutra VDL Saturday, May 2nd!


View of “Treatise: Why Write Alone?”, 2015, Graham Foundation, Chicago

Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, May 2! Archinect is heading out to the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles for the “Treatise: Why Write Alone?” West Coast book launch. Archinect, Neutra VDL House, and The Graham Foundation will be co-hosting the event. Continue reading “Archinect to host party & book launch for “Treatise: Why Write Alone?” at the Neutra VDL Saturday, May 2nd!”

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