MEIS designed an MLS stadium bid for a 23,000-30,000 capacity facility for Phoenix Rising Football Club. Recognizing the challenges of an extremely hot climate, the scheme includes a number of innovative systems designed to help mitigate sun exposure in very passive and economical ways.
Using analytical studies of biomimicry systems, the design featured a cooling-ribs system in the façade, and a fully retractable shade fabric roof system above the pitch that would help to mitigate the sun exposure before game time while allowing for necessary sunlight and air circulation to insure healthy turf growth. Both active cooling techniques (such as a retractable roof and mechanical units) and passive cooling techniques (the excavation of the lower tier, shading, natural ventilation) were incorporated to provide a temperate indoor climate for both the fans and players.
Creating an unprecedented game day ritual, contextual energies were drawn to cultivate a memorable fan experience that featured a provacative Water-vs-Fire dynamic monument to be incorporated into a surrounding plaza of native desert xeriscaping. The exterior materials utilize a palette of deep rich tones and extremely simple and durable materials familiar to the local landscape.
LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona
CLIENT: Phoenix Rising FC
SIZE: 23,000-30,000 seats
COST: $175 Million
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium