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

miro rivera architects: COTA grand plaza

‘COTA grand plaza’ by miró rivera architects, texas, USAimage © 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 downtownaustin, texas. local practice miró rivera architects enjoyed the privilege of designing the 120,000-person capacity entry sequence which includesa 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 enjoythe 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 speedimage © miró rivera architects

 

 

illuminated as a sculptural object in the landscapeimage © 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 racesimages © miró rivera architects

 

 

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

 

 

the obvious structure erects from a horizontal landscapeimage courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 

view from the spectator standsimage © miró rivera architects

 

 

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

 

 

image courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 

aerial viewimage courtesy circuit of the americas

 

 

renderimage courtesy circuit of the americas

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