What about two large ice skating rinks as the 23rd Building of the Day for Archtober, the third annual month-long festival of Architecture in New York? The Lakeside Center is a project for a new community space combining a sports facility with a place for pleasure. The center is located at Prospect Park, in Brooklyn. The building has two levels and two open-air ice rinks, one underneath a large canopy which will be a hockey rink and another exterior one. In the summer, the exterior ice rink will be transformed into a water plaza.
The building was constructed of rough hewn grey granite. The covered ice rink have 185 ft x 85 ft dimensions. The large window openings on the walls provides ventilation and a view to the exterior lake and the park. The underside of the canopy has silver carved marks inspired by skating marks. The interior of the building consists of ticketing area and skate rentals, locker rooms, gift shop, cafes, exhibit and displays rooms. From a terrace over the rink, visitors can overlook the rink and lake beyond.
The idea behind the building’s design is to make it part of the environment. The building is dug into an existing slope in the park and will be low in profile and energy consumption. The exterior park has exterior trees that will provide shades for visitors in the summer. Lakeside Center will definitely provide increased opportunities for ice time within the city. An estimated 500,ooo skaters, visitors and spectators are expected in the new center. It sounds like a great flexible place for both winter and summertime, doesn’t it?
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Photos via Prospect Park