The core of Houston’s East Downtown Redevelopment Plan, the new 22,000-seat Dynamo Stadium (with expansion capacity to 30,000 seats) will be designed to feature soccer and will also accommodate multi-use events such as football, lacrosse, rugby and concerts. The design approach makes use of simple and common materials that refer to the area’s industrial heritage, while creating a distinctive civic landmark in an emerging urban neighborhood. A tessellated exterior skin mediates the scale of its context while defining a bold architectural statement in the Houston skyline. Composed of geometrically composed expanded metal sheets and orange polycarbonate infill, this continuous exterior surface surrounds the stadium and provides a dynamic sense of enclosure while enhancing the spectator experience. Highlighted in orange polycarbonate, articulated openings in the skin range from three-story general spectator entries to pedestrian scaled ticketing window. The Dynamo Stadium will be a unique precedent for American soccer stadia and innovative design for the region.
SIZE: 340,000 square feet VALUE: $80 million $80 million project cost