Baltimore, Maryland

Located within the 27 acre Harbor Point site, Sandlot transforms what was an empty gravel expanse into the city’s newest hot spot. Sandlot is envisioned as an interim installation as Harbor Point, a 27 acre redevelopment, continues its build out. Mahan Rykiel’s team planned the space in collaboration with BHC Architects and Baltimore Foodshed, using materials like construction grade tubs for growing hops, repurposed wood shipping pallets for sculptural elements like a green wall, planters and an amphitheater to create a vibrant and diverse experience for visitors. Bocce courts are built to spec with basic lumber frames filled with crushed stone; trees grow from galvanized culvert pipe. Tivoli lights frame the various programmed spaces which include beach volleyball, bocce, a hammock lounge area, a climbable play sculpture, dining and open beach area. The material choices are simple but rich in texture and quality and that adherence to basic elements is what gives the project its coherence.