If you had “giant potato chip bowl surrounded by a moat” in your betting pool for the new Pigskins stadium design, congratulations!
This image, courtesy of CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, gives fans of the Washington NFL team a preview of what a new stadium might look like. It appears in a piece about architect Bjarke Ingels this Sunday, says the Post‘s Jonathan O’Connell:
Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group, hired recently by Snyder to design a new stadium for the team, unveiled a model of the proposed project recently to “60 Minutes,” which plans to air a story on the company Sunday. The images released by the program show a semi-transparent hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped stadium surrounded by a moat for kayakers.
“When I started studying architecture people would say, you know, ‘Can you tell me why all modern buildings are so boring?’…People had this idea that in the good old days architecture had…ornament and little towers and spires and gargoyles and today, it just becomes very practical,” says Ingels, in a statement released by the show.
He said with a moat around the NFL stadium: “Tailgating becomes a picnic in the park.”
There has been no decision on where a stadium will be built. Mayor Muriel Bowser is on the record as wanting to bring the team back to D.C., but only a slim majority support a new stadium at RFK and even fewer would be willing to pay for it, according to a February City Paper poll. Loudoun County is rumored to be another possible destination for the team.