In approaching the challenge of designing a Hall of Fame for NASCAR, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners sought to capture the essential spirit of NASCAR and its sport in architectural form. In exploring the possibilities for expressing speed and spectacle, they were drawn to the arena of action, the racecourse, where fans and race teams come together each race week for the spectacle of race day. Curving, sloped forms are evocative not only of the dynamic and changing shape of the racetrack but also of the perception of speed, which is at the heart of the NASCAR spectacle.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., has earned national recognition in the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by AISC, the IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects across the country.
My challenge on this assignment was how to handle the technical aspects of the light. The interior space mixes halogen, tungsten, fluorescent, and natural light in a single area. Each registers a different color so I decided to shoot at dusk when the ambient light balances perfectly with the artificial lighting.
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Project Area: 700,000 sq
Photographer: Jim Evangelista