The Architecture of Wrestling – University of Phoenix Stadium

Would this inspire you?

The University of Phoenix Stadium is the site of Wrestlemania 26. It was designed by Peter Eisenman with the help of HOK Sport (now called Populous), Hunt Construction Group and Urban Earth Design. Eisenman has designed two large buildings in Columbus, the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts & Fine Arts Library on thee Ohio State University’s campus and the Convention Center in downtown so I am familiar with his work first hand. (You can find pictures of these buildings by clicking on Past Projects on the opening page of his site. I will provide pictures if I somehow find time during this crazy week.) I’m not the biggest fan of his work since he has a tendency to create a myriad of (sometimes asinine) reasons to justify his design instead of conforming to the urban fabric and creating a twist on it. His rational for this job was to make the building look like a barrel cactus. The designs are interesting in their end result even if I find his methods strange.

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