Fort Washington, Maryland
Maryland National Capital Parks + Planning
Inspired by explorer Matthew Henson, the project plays with the concepts of ice, the arctic, and the northern lights. Features such as patterns in the lobby floor and plaza similar to skate lines on the ice and yellow accent colors reminiscent of the bright colored tents used by arctic explorers are incorporated into the design. Decorative lighting inside and outside the building display the vibrant and dynamic colors of the northern lights.
The new Tucker Road Ice Rink comes as the result of an unfortunate fire that forced the original ice rink to be demolished, forcing another powerful event: the community engaging intimately in the design process of the new rink. The new rink has an NHL-size rink for hockey or figure skating, a dance room for stretching, a heated seating area, a cafe, and a community lounge featuring a fireplace.
The northern lights, or the aurora borealis, are the beautiful dancing waves of light that have captivated people for millennia. This spectacular light show at the North Pole transforms into a cinematic phenomenon. At Tucker Road Ice Rink, a light show experience is replicated along the building facades dazzling visitors passing by.