|As the architecture firm of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) continues to gather input from public officials, fans, and community members, the proposed design of Oakland A’s new ballpark on the Oakland waterfront continues to evolve. Images courtesy of BIG.|
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But right now bureaucratic loops exist. Just to name two: how toxic is the project site? How to get citizens safely to the new venues via public transportation.
So far, one BIG idea is to provide access to the new venue by building a Gondola lift. The aerial transport would take fans from near the Oakland Convention Center/12th Street BART station to Water Street at Jack London Square. From there it’s easy access to the new arena.
In the meantime, BIG and the Oakland A’s will now continue to work closely with the local community to further refine and improve the design.
BIG is well known in international circles for incorporating green elements (rooftop greenery) into its projects. The proposed A’s new stadium will have a ring of park elements above the seating area.