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Louis Armstrong Stadium

winner of unesco's prix versailles award 

Louis Armstrong Stadium has won numerous awards for its innovative design as the first naturally ventilated tennis stadium with a retractable roof in the world. Recently, the stadium won the prestigious Prix Versailles Award in the Sports Category - Interior. The award was founded by UNESCO to recognize buildings that are beautiful, sustainable, and function at optimum levels for commerce. The stadium also won an AIA Detroit Building Award with recognition for its sustainability. 

The most architecturally significant building on the US Open campus, the Louis Armstrong Stadium’s progressive design moves from grand overall massing down to the smallest of details. The design intent fulfills a bold approach to sustainable design, emphasizing natural ventilation through the ‘venturi’ effect of terracotta louvers and the shaping of the retractable roof. Congruent with overall campus materiality, the design language also stands on its own. The oblong rectangular geometry of the seating bowl is unique to tennis, providing novel, intimate viewing experiences on the north and south ends, while strategically locating the mass of viewing along the sidelines.

Armstrong Stadium is certified LEED Silver.


  • AIA Detroit Honor Award 2019, Sustainability
  • Prix Versailles Award 2019, Sports Category, Interiors
  • Public Architecture, Editor's Pick, Architect's Newspaper