Revealed: A Splashy New Master Plan for Former Civic Arena Site in Pittsburgh
Philip Stevens reports on a new master plan, designed by starchitect firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) along with landscape architecture firm West 8, for a 28-acre site in the Lower Hill district of Pittsburgh.
The project start date is estimated for 2016, and the final price tag is expected to ring up to $500 million. The master plan includes1,200 residential units and over 1 million square feet of retail and commerce space.
According to Stevens, "the pittsburgh penguins and mccormack baron salazar hired BIG to design the residences and public spaces at the 28-acre lower hill district of pittsburgh earlier this year. building upon the city’s efforts from the past decade, the proposal redevelops the public space around the former civic arena — including a public space across from consol energy center — and connects the property to downtown, uptown and the rest of the hill district." [All text formatting is from the original.]
The article includes a series of renderings that showcase the dramatic design addition the redevelopment could potentially make in the urban fabric of in Pittsburgh.