The ROSSETTI-designed Grandstand Stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York wins an honorable mention in Architect's Newspaper "Best of Design" Awards in the facade category.
The Grandstand stadium and its surrounding context were designed to provide tennis fans with an intimate experience in a relaxed, park-like setting, and create an iconic face for that area of campus. To the naked eye, the Grandstand looks circular in shape, however the stadium is a hexadecagon having 16 sides. The façade is composed of 486 individual Teflon-coated fiberglass membrane, or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated mesh fabric panels. Each panel is fastened to a cable structure by 2,922 individual connections which secure the panels to 40 ring beam segments. Surrounding the entire exterior, the twisted panels play with opacity and translucence, offering glimpses in and out of the stadium. The woven PTFE fabric panels mimic the pattern of leaves on a spin and metaphorically evokes the illusion of peering through foliage, tying it to its park-like setting.
To see the list of the other award winners in the facade category, click here.