Modular sports complex design concept wins international award


A conceptual modular sports complex design from Kansas City-based architects Pendulum has won the category of Future Stadia at the Rethinking the Future awards.

The awards, which highlight international architecture and design projects, crowned the Sports and Recreation Project (Concept) thanks to its innovative way to construct sports complexes ranging in capacity from 3,000 seats to 10,000 seats. The design was created with the intent of targeting communities that desire to promote economic development with the sport as the catalyst for growth.

The design offers six phases of building with modular elements such as seating and amenities able to be added to increase the size and complexity. It begins with a central operational core of a 3,000 seater stand with the playing surface. Central cooking facilities, restrooms, general utility, vertical circulation, and administrative functions exist in this core to accommodate multiple sports field configurations with clear lines of sight, 360-degrees around the building.

As additional modules are added in phases, new seating amenities can be added to increase capacity. To accommodate field configurations of both baseball, NFL, soccer and rugby, the design incorporates retractable seating into the main bowl for fast changeovers. Later phases offer food and drink concession areas, team stores, digital scoreboards, up to a final phase complete with wrap-around façade and dual sport capability with two pitches adjacent to each other.

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