HOK Sport, the 900-lb. gorilla of stadium design, won the bid for the Nats’ new home. Thankfully, it won’t be the same retro/faux brick design we’ve seen in so many other ballparks. DC’s new ballpark will have a glass, steel, and stone facade. Though drawings have not yet been released to the public, a recent HOK presentation with renderings was met with aproval by key DC officials.
While HOK is not expected to be architect for the A’s future ballpark (360 architecture appears to have gotten the nod), it will still be interesting to see how HOK successful this new design is, since it’s a drastic departure from the retro theme, of which they’ve been somewhat unfairly criticized (much of what they’ve done has been at someone’s request). With the retro shackles off, I look forward to an exterior that complements and showcases the neat engineering inside.