Originally posted by Psinex:I drive past it every day. I see it from outside my office down on Lafayette. After 20 years of waiting for a new stadium, I can't help but feel disappointed by what HNTB is making over there. It is about as utilitarian as I've ever seen a stadium look. It leaves nothing to the imagination, precisely because there is no imagination involved with it.
Straight metal beams painted in white, concrete, no curves anywhere. You could probably recreate it accurately using a standard Lego set. One side of it looks like one of the Silicon Valley companies nearby. Candlestick and Pac Bell Park have a lot more personality than this stadium. They could have hired HOK, the company that built Pac Bell Park. I've accepted the fact that Levis Stadium is going to look about as exciting as a public restroom.
right back at your assessment, but hey you're entitled to your opinion. If you notice, both ballparks you cited as having "more personilty" are/were baseball
parks (we all know candlestick originally conceived as one) and baseball by nature is a sport that encourages the appreciation of ambience and a more lesiurely atmosphere than the more hectic, violent game of football where nearly all of one's attention will be riveted to the game action....tailgating might be the the only occasion for most when they would appreciate a built-for-football stadium's exterior aesthetics--that and the blimp overhead shots during broadcasts
finally given the location on the southern tip of the Bay and literally a football field's distance from what was once former landfill (the golf course across the street) I think I'll trust that the stadium architects and designers were more concerned with placing a premium safety and structural integrity over superfluous aesthetics, especially massive brick edifices...hello earthquakes! when those factors are balanced along with the higher construction costs in CA and you'll understand their judgement.