Cleveland, Ohio, United States
When designing the home of the Cleveland Browns, the site offered a definite direction regarding material and esthetic. We chose to focus on three significant contextual influences: the lake and shipping industry to the north, the North Coast Harbor to the east, and the city skyline to the south. The result is a stadium that brings together elements of past and present architectures to create something new. To the north, the lake and shipping area leave a lasting image of the industry that shaped Cleveland. The structure of the stadium takes its cues from the functional simplicity of the huge cranes that emptied their holds at port. The effect is a mix of heavy and industrial-looking components that appear light and elegant.