World renowned architect, Jamie Carpenter has revealed his contribution to the $25.5 million revamp of the Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Carpenter has equipped the stadium with a new ‘Light Veil’ façade, constructed from 352 evenly spaced ribbons of steel mesh, which shield the building's interior from the sun.
The mesh bands, each approximately 15 metres long, half a metre wide and weighing 36 kilograms, hang at a slight inward angle, anchoring to the façade at its midpoint before continuing down vertically.
Although transparent up close, a second set of mesh ribbons, shorter than the first and angled in the opposite direction, mean that from a distance the screens appear solid.
The design creates interplay between the mesh and sunlight that hits the stadium, producing a shimmering effect across the façade.
The “gift wrapped” exterior, as some commentators have dubbed Carpenter’s creation, cost $8 million to complete and was accompanied by the addition of more club seats and concession stands, as part of the Cotton Bowl's overall refurbishment.
Courtesy Architect’s Newspaper