CLADmag issue4 2018

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Bjarke Ingels reveals designs for Oakland’s new ‘intimate’ baseball stadium

M

ajor League Baseball

character” of the neighbourhoods

(MLB) franchise Oakland

around it, while the field will

Athletics has revealed

remain as a focal point honouring

detailed designs for an

Oakland’s sports history. The park-

ambitious waterfront stadium.

ing lot will become a central park,

Designed by Danish architect

containing a ballfield amphitheatre,

Bjarke Ingels and his BIG practice,

event spaces, and restored wetlands.

the 34,000-capacity stadium is

The ballpark will facilitate “intimate” ballpark experiences

Meanwhile, the stadium itself

would be “bigger than baseball “We are excited to build a

being planned for a site at Port

will have views of the city and water,

bold, iconic ballpark at Howard

of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.

as well as new civic, educational,

Terminal,” Kaval added.

The expansive project includes two connecting elements. The site of the MLB team’s

cultural and recreational amenities for the local community. BIG is working on the designs

current stadium, the Coliseum

of the stadium in collaboration

– where the club has played since

with local architect Gensler and

1968 – will be redeveloped in a way

landscape experts Field Operations.

“This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighbourhood.” The Athletics will now begin a year long, state environmental

that will “benefit the community”,

According to Bjarke Ingels,

while also providing resources for

the ballpark will offer “the most

franchise is also in the process

the privately financed stadium.

intimate baseball experience in

of negotiating an agreement

the world”. Oakland Athletics’

with the Port of Oakland to

president Dave Kaval said the venue

acquire the 55-acre property.

The Coliseum site will adopt a new identity by “absorbing the

review of the proposals. The

This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark Dave Kavall

IMAGES COURTESY OF ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

The stadium will rise at Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal

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