The Los Angeles Clippers have recently unveiled plans for a 26-acre basketball and entertainment complex.
Located on West Century Boulevard, the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center will include the team’s business and basketball offices, a training facility, and community and retail spaces, in addition to the arena. The building will have a three-dimensional oval design and will be clad in diamond-shaped metal panels inspired by the concept of a basketball swishing through a net. The panels will also provide solar benefit for energy efficiency.
Possibly the most striking elements of the design are the indoor/outdoor “sky gardens,” landscaped areas for food and beverage that will be accessible from every concourse level. A multipurpose plaza with a concert stage, community basketball courts, and space for the community to gather and watch everything from Clippers games to movie premieres on a supersized LED screen will also be included.
“We challenged the architects and designers on this project to create a landmark facility that exceeds current environmental standards and they have surpassed expectations,” said Chris Meany of Wilson Meany, the project’s developer. “The new Clippers arena demonstrates that environmental protection and economic development need not be mutually exclusive.”
AECOM is the project’s architect. Anderson Barker Architects and City Design Studio of Los Angeles designed the plaza buildings. Hood Studios provided landscape architecture services.