A well-planned arena offers so much to a community beyond access to sporting events. It also serves as a music venue, supports local vendors and artists, creates jobs, provides social spaces, and draws in tourists, in turn supporting local businesses. So, when the Golden State Warriors looked to move to San Francisco from their previous home in Oakland, ensuring smooth integration within the Mission Bay locale was a top priority.
When David Manica, lead designer and architect at Manica Architecture, was brought on the project, the brief from the city and the Warriors was clear: The building needed to be sympathetic to and in contrast with the area. It had to be simultaneously futuristic and timeless in its aesthetic. Crucially, the client also wanted a 360-degree design with no back entrance or rear facade. This way, the arena would feel inviting from every angle.
Neolith® Iron Corten was specified around much of the Chase Center’s base, boasting bold, deep orange tones with plenty of embodied personality. To suit the project’s specific needs, Neolith® customized the pattern, providing three variants in addition to the standard slab.
Along with the use of PURETi, a special, photocatalytic treatment, the Neolith® slabs break down greenhouse gases into harmless substances which can be easily and safely removed, contributing to the building’s overall sustainability credentials. Overall, 15,500 square feet of Neolith® was used for the facade. With the special finish, this is equivalent to taking over 1,400 fossil-fueled cars off the road, or planting 360 trees.
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