THE USTA’S LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIX VERSAILLES SPECIAL PRIZE
ROSSETTI’S DESIGN FEATURES PRINCIPLES OF BEAUTY,
SUSTAINABILITY AND FUNCTION
July 25, 2019 – Louis Armstrong Stadium, located in Flushing Meadows, NY, has won a prestigious international design award, called Prix Versailles, Special Prize for Interior in the Sports category. The award recognizes structures for the beauty of their design, sustainability and commercial function. The stadium is designed by ROSSETTI, headquartered in Detroit.
Louis Armstrong stadium is one of a collection of facilities at the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) 42-acre National Tennis Center, which is home to the US Open. The 14,069-seat stadium opened in 2018 and features an innovative design that encourages air flow through the stadium while keeping rain off the court. It is true to the outdoor nature of the tournament by allowing play to continue during the rain while naturally conditioning the space for spectators and players.
The design also features a striking façade on the North and South sides of the stadium using overlapping terra cotta louvers, optimally positioned to reduce rain yet porous to maintain natural ventilation. The louvers allow air flow through the upper part of the building on the north and south elevations while shading spectators. The terra cotta material relates to the traditional brick buildings on the site while using the material in a new way. Its open concourse and spectator amenities create one of the best viewing experiences in tennis.
The World Judges Panel was led by Francesco Bandarin, the former Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO (Chairman of the World Judges Panel). The panel included David Adjaye, Ferran Adria, Iris van Herpen, Alondra de la Parra, Kazuyo Sejima, Philippe Starck and Thomas Vonier.
The award was founded by UNESCO in 2015. Detroit, where ROSSETTI is headquartered, is the only “UNESCO City of Design” in the United States. Nine winners across several categories were announced on July 16, 2019. Winners will come together on September 12, 2019 for the Prix Versaille World Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Photogaphy of Armstrong Stadium is by Rafael Gamo.
ABOUT THE USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER
The United States Tennis Association is the governing body for tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis from local communities to the highest level of the professional game, the US Open.
The USTA’s masterplan, implemented in phases over nine-years, re-imagines the National Tennis Center as a sports spectacle. It features three main stadiums, 13 field courts, 5 practice courts, new concessions and pavilions, 28 sponsor bays and plazas throughout the 42-acre site. The US Open is the largest tennis event in the world, hosting 800,000 spectators, media, sponsors and players in 2018. The 2019 US Open Tennis is August 26-September 8. www.usopen.org
ROSSETTI is a global architectural design and planning firm with a portfolio of showcase properties spanning sports and entertainment, interiors, hospitality, retail and urban planning. Founded in Detroit in 1969, the firm is celebrating 50 years in business in 2019. Significant projects include: the entire campus and stadiums at the USTA National Tennis Center; Ford Field NFL Stadium, Detroit, MI; Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL; UCLA Health Training Center – Home of the LA Lakers, Los Angeles, CA; TitleTown District, Green Bay, WI; and The Detroit Piston’s Performance Center, Detroit, MI. www.rossetti.com.
ABOUT THE PRIX VERSAILLES
The Prix Versailles was founded by UNESCO on June 19, 2015, to recognize and foster the interaction between economy and culture. Its purpose is to underline the role economic agents can play to enhance, embellish and improve living environments. Optus Stadium, Perth Australia, won the 2019 Prix Versailles top prize. Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium, Hanzhou, China won the Special Prize, Exterior.
ABOUT DETROIT’S UNESCO CITY OF DESIGN DESIGNATION
On December 11, 2015, Detroit became the first and only city in the United States to receive the UNESCO City of Design designation, joing a network of now 31 design cities and 180 cities focused on using creativity as a drivr for sustainable and equitable development around the world. In 2018, Design Core, the stward of Detroit’s designation, unveiled the Detroit City of design Action Plan, which outlines a plan for developing Detroit as a global leader in the practice of inclusive design by developing talent, investing in businesses and promoting policies. www.designcore.org