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Grimm + Parker Architects
 Tucker Lane Ice Rink

Tucker Road Ice Rink

Fort Washington, Maryland

client

Maryland National Capital Parks + Planning

size

47,290 sf

certification

IgCC

type

New Construction

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.

Grimm + Parker Architects
 Tucker Lane Ice Rink

Aurora Borealis

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. 

 

Grimm + Parker Architects
 Tucker Lane Ice Rink
Grimm + Parker Architects
 Tucker Lane Ice Rink

Closing Thoughts

This welcoming and inspiring facility is nestled in the park, creating a focal point of activity and recreation for the community, a jewel in the M-NCPPC crown.