Tucker Road Ice Rink
- New Construction
- 47,290 SF
Fire + Ice and the Northern Lights
The new Tucker Road Ice Rink Facility comes as the result of an unfortunate fire that forced the original ice rink to and be demolished due to the extensive amount of damage caused during the fire.
The guiding principles for the new ice rink were to provide a welcoming, inviting, and inspiring facility that has good synergy with the rest of the greater athletic complex it’s situated in all while creating a new sense of place that is a focal point for the region and a source of pride for the community.
The site is situated adjacent to Henson Creek, named after artic explorer Matthew Henson, a local to the DC area who became the first African American to reach the North Pole.
Inspired by the Matthew Henson, the project plays with the concepts of ice, the arctic, and the northern lights incorporating features such as patterns in the lobby floor and plaza similar to skate lines on the ice, yellow accent colors reminiscent of the bright colored tents used by arctic explorers and decorative lighting inside and outside the building displaying the colors of the northern lights.
The new ice rink facility provides various amenities to the neighboring community including a large lobby, skate rental, a large dividable party room, a dance studio, locker rooms and other support spaces.
The building’s main lobby, dubbed the warming hut, provides amenities such as a café, a laptop bar, lounge seating and a fireplace creating a warm and inviting environment in stark contrast to the coldness of the ice rink.
A large plaza is provided in front of the building that includes public art, picnic tables and benches for gathering, and ties into the Henson Creek Trail acting as a destination point along this heavily used pedestrian path.
The landscaping in the plaza and surrounding the building is comprised of local/native plants that provide colors and textures reminiscent of ice, the arctic, and the northern lights.