Chequered: East Austin District by BIG
Client: Austin Sports & Entertainment Llc
Architect: BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Location: Austin (US)
A new sports and entertainment district is being built in the Texan town of Austin. Recently, BIG published their initial plans and visualizations for the huge nascent centre. The characteristic chessboard roofscape was inspired by the Jefferson Grid, a land-surveying system that goes back to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
Various functions will take place in the “neutral” areas arranged alongside each other. The roof surface consists of red photovoltaic modules: in the future, these will make it possible to supply their superfluous energy to the community of East Austin.
At the heart of the new district, a stadium with 40,000 seats is being planned. This will be used for rugby matches and other large events. Moreover, the stadium will have a multifunctional arena with 15,000 seats; this will be used for basketball and hockey games. Although the individual structures may have differing functions, they are connected by the same wooden construction. Eight courtyards between the buildings, and a plethora of shops and restaurants, will operate year-round and provide residents with more than enough diversion.