3:26 pm Feb. 25, 2013
On February 1, the architect tapped to design a soccer stadium for Flushing Meadows Corona Park gave a talk to some architecture students at Columbia.
The architect, SHoP principal Gregg Pasquarelli, devoted most of his presentation to the facade his firm designed for Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.
But, as Capital reported back in October, SHoP has also been tapped to build a proposed arena for Major League Soccer in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Pasquarelli included some renderings of what that arena might look like in his presentation.
Yesterday, those renderings appeared on netsdaily.com, along with a video of the presentation that has since been taken down. The renderings were also posted on Empire of Soccer, which has some screenshots of that presentation.
“It’s all about making a new kind of stadium that has no walls, that’s completely open at all times,” Pasquarelli is quoted as saying.
Also: “The project I’m not supposed to show (you) so I am not going to tell you where it is or what it is but it’s a new stadium that should be announced in the next couple of months.”
In a statement, M.L.S. spokeswoman Risa Heller said, ""This is not what the stadium is going to look like. This was an early architectural design study that was developed to help us understand height, mass, and other issues pertaining to the land use process. When we have an owner, they will propose what the stadium will look like."
UPDATE: M.L.S. sends over the following statement from league president Mark Abbott: "These drawings do not represent what they stadium will look like. In fact, we haven't selected an architect yet and will not start the design process until we have an owner for the club. This was simply a concept drawing that was done only to help determine the potential height and footprint. Any assertion that these drawings represent what a stadium will look like in Queens is wrong."
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