Sport City [al Hillah, Iraq] : Once near the ancient site of Babylon, this modern day city of Hillah was one of the few sites under consideration for a national futbol stadium in Iraq. The proposed development program was more than a singular building, it contained the need for a “Sport City” to supplement the stadium. The proposed plan incorporates a mixed-used program of spaces, places and buildings. The concept and layout of the plan relates to ancient Babylonia, and the broader range of Mesopotamian architecture, which is classified by a number of planning and design principles. Below are a list of ancient natural and built elements and how they were abrstracted and translated for purposes of this plan:
Central pedestrian walk
Buildings to define edges, spaces
Gates for crowd control, ticketing
Boulevard canals, irrigation
Reflecting pool at stadium
Brett Payton planned and designed this proposal while a consultant for another firm.