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miro rivera architects: COTA grand plaza
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dec 23, 2012
miro rivera architects: COTA grand plaza


‘COTA grand plaza’ by miró rivera architects, texas, USA
image © miró rivera architects

 

 

2012 has hosted the formula 1 grand prix, motoGP and V8 supercar races on a newly built 3.4 mile track located just southwest of downtown
austin, texas. local practice miró rivera architects enjoyed the privilege of designing the 120,000-person capacity entry sequence which includes
a grand plaza, observation tower, amphitheater and main grandstand. the grand plaza is situated on a peninsular piece of land surrounded by
the race track on three sides, and greets visitors with a reflecting pool and a large expanse of grass where spectators are welcomed to sit and enjoy
the races. the most prominent component, a 250-foot tall steel space frame observation tower gives visitors an aerial view of the premises and
the nearby cityscape and countryside. 18 red metal tubes sweep their way from the top of the observation deck to become the 15,000-person
amphitheater roof in keeping with a vernacular of speed, becoming the centerpiece and beacon of the track where social activities can be held year-round.

 

 


design and construction process of the project
video © miró rivera architects

 

 


sweeping red steel tubes join separate programmatic elements with a design that communicates speed
image © miró rivera architects

 

 


illuminated as a sculptural object in the landscape
image © miró rivera architects

 

 


(left) a 250-foot tall observation deck extends views to the city and track
(right) a grass expanse accommodates visitors for concerts and races
images © miró rivera architects

 

 


caught in the motion blur of a formula 1 car, as if pulled by the passing velocity
image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 


the obvious structure erects from a horizontal landscape
image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 


view from the spectator stands
image © miró rivera architects

 

 


bird’s eye view of the tower, amphitheater and field
image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 


image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 


aerial view
image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 


render
image courtesy circuit of the americas

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