This 48,000 sf complex houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student athlete study rooms.
Inspired by sports “field play diagrams”, the points on the stepped landscape support a hovering collection of irregular blocks and voids connected by exterior stairways forming a new gateway to the revitalized Baker Athletic Complex. With an exposed concrete and steel structure and a facade of sanded aluminum panels, the structure enables a notably lightweight steel tonnage.
Reacting to the irregular topography and the nearby cinderblock sheds, the building evokes the adjacent elevated train line and the Broadway Bridge. As Justin Davidson said in New York Magazine, it’s an “athletic structure that moves in various directions at once. It charges up the hill, twists toward the playing fields, and embraces the yard with outstretched arms.”
(2013) Steven Holl Architects
Photos: Meredith Zanotta