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Friday, November 30, 2012

Here Is a Design Proposal for the Future Basketball Arena

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The City of Seattle has just posted a design package (PDF) proposing what the new Sonics arena could look like. The package is loaded with pretty pictures of what the proposed neighborhood looks like now, ways that the proposed site will interact with the existing neighborhood, and it features a few tentative sketches of the hotly contested new stadium. Here are some screenshots from the design package:

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As you can see from the long, narrow second screenshot, this design proposal looks to have a smaller footprint than the other three stadiums. Like it? Loathe it? There will be a review meeting to discuss this proposal in two short weeks:

December 11, 6:00 PM
City Hall
600 5th Ave map
Bertha Landes Room

All are welcome. Let the games begin!

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Looks like an NHL arena to me.

Love the Jetpack Flight Deck on top, though.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 2
It looks like a battle tank in a video game.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM · Report this
treacle 3
It needs to look like a half a basketball. Or else.
Or else I won't care.
Actually, I don't care either way.
In all honesty, I hope you basketball people get what you want. Best of luck.
Posted by treacle on November 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 4
Meh.

But hey, are those solar panels on the roof?
Posted by Ipso Facto http://therealnews.com on November 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 5
@3: Well said, sir.
Posted by Ipso Facto http://therealnews.com on November 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
6
Pro stadium. But this design is dull with a Cap D. Look at Mariners' functional and interesting stadium. Proceed with revisions.
Posted by gator bait on November 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Mahtli69 7
How come the Dream Girls marquee isn't visible?
Posted by Mahtli69 on November 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM · Report this
8
The beauty of this design is that it's so versatile. That could be anything -- a basketball arena, an office building, a school, a walgreen's.
Posted by beef rallard on November 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
rejemy 9
I was wondering how they'd fit a stadium down there, looks like they do it by removing a block of Occidental Ave S. Not that anyone is likely to miss that stretch of road, but can you do that? Just... remove a road?
Posted by rejemy on November 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
10
@8 - Ha!

It's hideous.
Posted by westello on November 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
Fnarf 11
Maybe the footprint is smaller because there are a third as many seats and the field of play is a twentieth the size.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 30, 2012 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
Maybe they just have smaller shoe sizes, so their footprint is smaller?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 13
Boooooring.

Still, I suppose it is better than a urine-colored half sphere.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
Dougsf 14
Looks like a tugboat, 'cept not as, you know... streamlined.
Posted by Dougsf on November 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 15
@13 that was butter. I suppose you could call butter "urine colored" but that just makes it less apetizing.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
16
I feel bad for saying it because someone worked hard on that, but it's really awful and boring. Sorry, person/people who did it. :(
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on November 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
California Kid 17
It's growing on me, the pics posted here are the least flattering of the renderings but if you imagine it all brick, black steel with wood highlights its looks pretty good, a little generic maybe, so it would fit in well with the other Seattle buildings.
Posted by California Kid on November 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
18
I wonder if they didn't get this confused with plans for the next Mars Hill Church....
Posted by themuffinprincess on November 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM · Report this
Cascadian 19
If you look at the full PDF, there are three options, of which this is the preferred alternative. While I think it's better than the first option, which is a horrendous oval excuse for windows to look outside of the arena from inside, I actually like the second design the best. It has a lower profile so that it doesn't loom over its surroundings quite as much, and it has a kind of wavy roof design that seems to match well with the distant waterfront scenery. But the people who picked the third option didn't like the second one because it's not "iconic" enough. But frankly, I think you just want a box to have sports in, that interacts with the street as nicely as such a monumental thing can. And hopefully doesn't look like an ugly tug boat.
Posted by Cascadian on November 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Roma 20
I dunno. Those corners look mighty sharp. Toddlers could get hurt running into them.
Posted by Roma on November 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM · Report this
21
There is an oval scheme, and a rectangular scheme, then just to blow your mind, an oval within a rectangle scheme.

Sigh.
Posted by maschu on November 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM · Report this
22
I prefer the oval scheme out of the three offered. The one pictured is okay, but the rectangle one is hideous.

Also I wish they would build a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks at Massachusetts ave to make it easier to get to/from 4th ave. Hopefully this plan also makes Holgate Street go over the tracks? (Lander too please!!)
Posted by high and bi on November 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 23
The important thing is that millionaires like Chris Hansen and Mitt Romney and the rest of the team owning set like it. It's their toy. Everyone, let them speak.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on November 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM · Report this
NaFun 24
Agreed on the battle tank comparison. It's gonna blow the shit out of Safeco, which woild be awesome.
Posted by NaFun http://www.dancesafe.org on November 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 25
Here's my design:

http://www.tacomadome.org/
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on November 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
26
@25: You keep trotting out what is, among all your stupid ideas, the very stupidest. Nobody wants to go to that dump.
Posted by bigyaz on November 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 27
I'm sure it will be worth every penny the tax payers will be on the hook for. Probably to the tune of 500Million dollars. I hope it has a Starbucks or two, I own stock.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 28
#26

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Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 1, 2012 at 1:19 AM · Report this
29
SF's proposed arena (for comparison). kind of vanquishes the Seattle effort.
Posted by flossy on December 1, 2012 at 4:31 AM · Report this
Posted by flossy on December 1, 2012 at 4:32 AM · Report this
31
Design issues aside - it's shocking how unprofessional these images are. This looks like a undergraduate design studio spent 3 days locked in a studio with Google Sketchup. It certainly doesn't look like something that a professional design and architecture group would release.
Posted by fetish on December 1, 2012 at 6:54 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 32
Say what you will about the Coliseum (not Key Arena. Never Key Arena), it was visually interesting. @8 has it right.
Posted by Cracker Jack on December 1, 2012 at 7:38 AM · Report this
33
How many freaking stadiums does Seattle need? Just revamp the Key Arena and call it good. Jeeze.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on December 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Simone 34
The circular design could have been so much more futuristic. Maybe make it similar to the San Francisco proposal that #30 linked to. I'm a little tired of looking at square, rectangle, and otherwise boxy buildings.
Posted by Simone on December 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
35
hey roads are crumbling, we have no subway, class sizes are growing, the cops need more supervisors...I know! le'ts use public money for pro sports, woo hoo!

socialism for the one percenter owners and the one percenter players and the top 30% who will attend the games, my god, isn't america great especially faux progressive cities like seattle.

because we will have recycling and bike lanes at our publicly funded glass pro sports palace number FIVE.
Posted by Socialism in America on December 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this
36
This will look great. In Bellevue.
Posted by hmmmmm on December 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 37
@36 ftw. Although shlepping out to Bellevue to watch an NHL game on a wifi-enabled ST line might not be that great.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
seandr 38
Unless you are 500 feet tall, I don't see the point of judging the design based on a rendering that looks down upon the arena from above.
Posted by seandr on December 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
seandr 39
Having studied the whole design package, the only thing I like about this design is the entry way on the north. At ground level, the rest of it seems big, cold, and stand-offish.

I think #1 looks cool, especially the all-glass exterior. #2 also looks good, and is more functional. I just don't see much aesthetic appeal in #3, the "preferred" alternative.
Posted by seandr on December 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM · Report this

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