BIG Seeks to Transform East Austin Architecture

David Plick — 

Photo via BIG’s Website

The internationally recognized Bjarke Ingels Group, also known as BIG, who famously designed the Danish National Maritime Museum and VIA 57 West in New York, and who has been featured in past articles at the blog of the Value of Architecture, has released designs for a 1.3 million square foot multi-venue sports complex in East Austin. The site would be at the current location of Rodeo Austin, but this complex would be so much more than a rodeo stadium. It would revolutionize sports viewing, and the East Austin architecture landscape, as we know it.

The complex features a checkerboard, photovoltaic roof which would render the site, and neighborhood, completely energy sufficient. The complex would include a 40,000-seat stadium for soccer and rugby matches, and concerts; a 15,000-seat rodeo stadium, and 190,000 square feet of space designed for art festivals and conferences. Due to Austin’s warm weather and even warmer personality, there is an abundance of outdoor patio space for people to socialize.

Here is what Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG, says about the site:

“Like a collective campus rather than a monolithic stadium the East Austin District unifies all the elements of Rodeo and Soccer into a village of courtyards and canopies. Embracing Austin’s local character and culture, the East Austin District is a single destination composed of many smaller structures under one roof. Part architecture, part urbanism, part landscape – the East Austin District is the architectural manifestation of collective intimacy – a complex capable of making tens of thousands of fans come together and enjoy the best Austin has to offer inside and between its buildings.”

By: David Plick

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