12 pictures of what the new Vikings stadium will look like

Here’s a look at the imagery that HKS Architects offered for the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. (Click for the full gallery)

  • Ross Wenk

    That
    may be the ugliest stadium I have ever seen.
    I thought the goal was to have a nice open-air stadium?

  • Ross Wenk

    That
    may be the ugliest stadium I have ever seen.
    I thought the goal was to have a nice open-air stadium?

  • Ross Wenk

    That
    may be the ugliest stadium I have ever seen.
    I thought the goal was to have a nice open-air stadium?

  • I believe whoever gets the window washing contract will do well.

  • I believe whoever gets the window washing contract will do well.

  • I believe whoever gets the window washing contract will do well.

    • joe joe

      its not glass you silly goose.

  • I really like this plan; a retractable roof during football season in MN makes about as much sense as a hockey rink in Miami. I like the outdoor feel with the windowed roof, keeping fans comfortable inside.

    Minneapolis will have THREE gorgeous stadiums, while many cities don’t even have one. Good work.

    • Shawn

      Agreed! I can only think of Seattle as the other city that has multiple gorgeous stadiums (safeco and century link). Mpls and Seattle two of my fav cities… now if target center could just go away…

  • Jacob Marek

    I really like this plan; a retractable roof during football season in MN makes about as much sense as a hockey rink in Miami. I like the outdoor feel with the windowed roof, keeping fans comfortable inside.

    Minneapolis will have THREE gorgeous stadiums, while many cities don’t even have one. Good work.

    • Shawn

      Agreed! I can only think of Seattle as the other city that has multiple gorgeous stadiums (safeco and century link). Mpls and Seattle two of my fav cities… now if target center could just go away…

  • Jacob Marek

    I really like this plan; a retractable roof during football season in MN makes about as much sense as a hockey rink in Miami. I like the outdoor feel with the windowed roof, keeping fans comfortable inside.

    Minneapolis will have THREE gorgeous stadiums, while many cities don’t even have one. Good work.

    • Shawn

      Agreed! I can only think of Seattle as the other city that has multiple gorgeous stadiums (safeco and century link). Mpls and Seattle two of my fav cities… now if target center could just go away…

  • Jonathan

    It may look vaguely interesting as a 2″ x 2″ object in a picture (and about as vaguely interesting as a paper weight at that!), but wait until it’s the full size of a stadium. The thing is mostly unadorned, enormously tall walls… it has no relation to the human scale at all. It’s as if a meteor gently landed on top of the existing stadium. This is not a beautiful stadium. Any 1st year architecture student could come up with this design…and I would know: I’ve taught 1st year architecture students.

    • Shawn

      It could be argued though that in it’s position as a massive building is to give the user a sense of grandness when walking in or being next to the structure…reflecting the game- much like the Colosseum did way back when. I think the fractal nature that gets those openings into the stadium could be seen as a modern take on the stratified buildings of the 19-early 20th century. In bringing something to human scale on a large structure and a glimpse inside as one approaches. Then again we could use our archispeak even further… Maybe it’s not Corbu, Aalto, or OMA… but I don’t think it’s first year stuff. If that was the case they would’ve plastered Bank Gothic (gross) font on the renderings and used Photoshop to order elements on their boards. 😉

  • Jonathan

    It may look vaguely interesting as a 2″ x 2″ object in a picture (and about as vaguely interesting as a paper weight at that!), but wait until it’s the full size of a stadium. The thing is mostly unadorned, enormously tall walls… it has no relation to the human scale at all. It’s as if a meteor gently landed on top of the existing stadium. This is not a beautiful stadium. Any 1st year architecture student could come up with this design…and I would know: I’ve taught 1st year architecture students.

    • Shawn

      It could be argued though that in it’s position as a massive building is to give the user a sense of grandness when walking in or being next to the structure…reflecting the game- much like the Colosseum did way back when. I think the fractal nature that gets those openings into the stadium could be seen as a modern take on the stratified buildings of the 19-early 20th century. In bringing something to human scale on a large structure and a glimpse inside as one approaches. Then again we could use our archispeak even further… Maybe it’s not Corbu, Aalto, or OMA… but I don’t think it’s first year stuff. If that was the case they would’ve plastered Bank Gothic (gross) font on the renderings and used Photoshop to order elements on their boards. 😉

      The player graphic though does not look composed and isn’t used on that facet well at all. Could be compelling… but definitely not on this image.

      I for one, like it a lot (although disappointed there is no green roof). But then again I loved OMA’s Seattle Central Library.

  • Jonathan

    It may look vaguely interesting as a 2″ x 2″ object in a picture (and about as vaguely interesting as a paper weight at that!), but wait until it’s the full size of a stadium. The thing is mostly unadorned, enormously tall walls… it has no relation to the human scale at all. It’s as if a meteor gently landed on top of the existing stadium. This is not a beautiful stadium. Any 1st year architecture student could come up with this design…and I would know: I’ve taught 1st year architecture students.

    • Shawn

      It could be argued though that in it’s position as a massive building is to give the user a sense of grandness when walking in or being next to the structure…reflecting the game- much like the Colosseum did way back when. I think the fractal nature that gets those openings into the stadium could be seen as a modern take on the stratified buildings of the 19-early 20th century. In bringing something to human scale on a large structure and a glimpse inside as one approaches. Then again we could use our archispeak even further… Maybe it’s not Corbu, Aalto, or OMA… but I don’t think it’s first year stuff. If that was the case they would’ve plastered Bank Gothic (gross) font on the renderings and used Photoshop to order elements on their boards. 😉

      The player graphic though does not look composed and isn’t used on that facet well at all. Could be compelling… but definitely not on this image.

      I for one, like it a lot (although disappointed there is no green roof). But then again I loved OMA’s Seattle Central Library.

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  • PaulK

    My initial thought in seeing the side views was that this is a Viking long boat, just missing the mast and oars. I’m no architect or critic, but the initial design certainly seems like it needs something to make it less monolithic.

  • PaulK

    My initial thought in seeing the side views was that this is a Viking long boat, just missing the mast and oars. I’m no architect or critic, but the initial design certainly seems like it needs something to make it less monolithic.

  • PaulK

    My initial thought in seeing the side views was that this is a Viking long boat, just missing the mast and oars. I’m no architect or critic, but the initial design certainly seems like it needs something to make it less monolithic.

  • ZachNels

    Looks like a Pontiac Aztec… Ready.. Set.. Terrible

  • ZachNels

    Looks like a Pontiac Aztec… Ready.. Set.. Terrible

  • ZachNels

    Looks like a Pontiac Aztec… Ready.. Set.. Terrible

  • Eric Anderson

    Why isn’t the rest of the roof ETFE?

  • Eric Anderson

    Why isn’t the rest of the roof ETFE?

  • Eric Anderson

    Why isn’t the rest of the roof ETFE?

  • Truth Seeker

    Ants under a magnifying glass.

    • Bosco

      Seems like those shadows from the roof window would create problems for anyone catching a pass or flyball on a sunny day.
      I agree with Jonathon, especially in regards to the 4th image from the top (what angle is that, anyway?): it looks like monstrous oaf that makes the MaNamara Center look cheery.
      But every other perspective has something engaging going on. Looks well-suited for football’s galdiator culture.

  • Truth Seeker

    Ants under a magnifying glass.

    • Bosco

      Seems like those shadows from the roof window would create problems for anyone catching a pass or flyball on a sunny day.
      I agree with Jonathon, especially in regards to the 4th image from the top (what angle is that, anyway?): it looks like monstrous oaf that makes the MaNamara Center look cheery.
      But every other perspective has something engaging going on. Looks well-suited for football’s galdiator culture.

  • Truth Seeker

    Ants under a magnifying glass.

    • Bosco

      Seems like those shadows from the roof window would create problems for anyone catching a pass or flyball on a sunny day.
      I agree with Jonathon, especially in regards to the 4th image from the top (what angle is that, anyway?): it looks like monstrous oaf that makes the MaNamara Center look cheery.
      But every other perspective has something engaging going on. Looks well-suited for football’s galdiator culture.

  • TJKrafty

    Great the City Of Minneapolis is on the hook for 600,000,000 for this ugly building. Welfare for billionaires.

  • TJKrafty

    Great the City Of Minneapolis is on the hook for 600,000,000 for this ugly building. Welfare for billionaires.

  • TJKrafty

    Great the City Of Minneapolis is on the hook for 600,000,000 for this ugly building. Welfare for billionaires.

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  • Jogger2

    Regardless of the merits of the design of the new stadium, I wonder what the carbon footprint of construction will be? If the Vikings and NFL were concerned about the natural environment, they would find a way to use existing stadiums.

  • Jogger2

    Regardless of the merits of the design of the new stadium, I wonder what the carbon footprint of construction will be? If the Vikings and NFL were concerned about the natural environment, they would find a way to use existing stadiums.

  • Jogger2

    Regardless of the merits of the design of the new stadium, I wonder what the carbon footprint of construction will be? If the Vikings and NFL were concerned about the natural environment, they would find a way to use existing stadiums.

  • I’ve also taught first year architecture students, and I will agree that it doesn’t seem to attempt to relate much to the human scale. Can you give me a stadium that does, though? The formal shortcomings are most obvious in the bird’s eye view – a vantage point that few will ever view the project from. From eye level I think the building is interesting, and the pulled back wide-angles and rendered elevations do a poor job of representing texture and layering (not so much layering of the façade itself, but because so much of the skin is transparent, of the elements within it) – both of which are important in making any object relatable to a human being.
    The representation of the of the stadium on it’s site as it exists now is also startling because of the ridiculous juxtaposition of cutting-edge and decrepit. In ten years when that area has been redeveloped and reimagined, I think there’s a good chance that everyone looks back and agrees HKS did a nice job. If we don’t we only have to wait another ten to tear it down and try again.
    I think the interior images are actually very compelling, and in my opinion, the stadium looks like it’s going to be truly unique in the world of arenas – it’s too bad this doesn’t translate better to the exterior.
    We all know that no design is ever complete, and I imagine HKS thinks, like most designers and architects, that there are better ways certain things could have happened here. Since it’s not your (mine) design, it’s easy to sit back and critique with impunity.
    It’s not perfect, but It’s growing on me. Give it time.

  • I’ve also taught first year architecture students, and I will agree that it doesn’t seem to attempt to relate much to the human scale. Can you give me a stadium that does, though? The formal shortcomings are most obvious in the bird’s eye view – a vantage point that few will ever view the project from. From eye level I think the building is interesting, and the pulled back wide-angles and rendered elevations do a poor job of representing texture and layering (not so much layering of the façade itself, but because so much of the skin is transparent, of the elements within it) – both of which are important in making any object relatable to a human being.
    The representation of the of the stadium on it’s site as it exists now is also startling because of the ridiculous juxtaposition of cutting-edge and decrepit. In ten years when that area has been redeveloped and reimagined, I think there’s a good chance that everyone looks back and agrees HKS did a nice job. If we don’t we only have to wait another ten to tear it down and try again.
    I think the interior images are actually very compelling, and in my opinion, the stadium looks like it’s going to be truly unique in the world of arenas – it’s too bad this doesn’t translate better to the exterior.
    We all know that no design is ever complete, and I imagine HKS thinks, like most designers and architects, that there are better ways certain things could have happened here. Since it’s not your (mine) design, it’s easy to sit back and critique with impunity.
    It’s not perfect, but It’s growing on me. Give it time.

  • Bill Lee

    How about naming this monstrosity: “Ziggy’s Pig” (there is one elevation that could use an ornamental piggy tail above the triangular glazing). And I really enjoy looking at that huge diagonal truss in one of the interior renderings of the end zone. Not a bad seat in the house eh? The “Hump” is breathtakingly beautiful compared to this thing. But, it is an appropriate building for a city that paid for the Walker and the Guthrie.

  • Bill Lee

    How about naming this monstrosity: “Ziggy’s Pig” (there is one elevation that could use an ornamental piggy tail above the triangular glazing). And I really enjoy looking at that huge diagonal truss in one of the interior renderings of the end zone. Not a bad seat in the house eh? The “Hump” is breathtakingly beautiful compared to this thing. But, it is an appropriate building for a city that paid for the Walker and the Guthrie.

  • AE

    Everyone one that has commented negatively about this stadium is arrogant. This stadium is great! It DOES NOT look anything like any other stadium in the NFL. Every stadium in the NFL looks like a typical dome. This is breaking the norm, which is great, with some great features! Love it!

  • AE

    Everyone one that has commented negatively about this stadium is arrogant. This stadium is great! It DOES NOT look anything like any other stadium in the NFL. Every stadium in the NFL looks like a typical dome. This is breaking the norm, which is great, with some great features! Love it!

    • Jake

      OK, well, here’s one more arrogant person saying “This is one of the ugliest warehouses I have ever seen.”

  • tj

    I wont go to that stadium because it is to crowded in that city already. Now you add a big glass barn that you will have to pay a ppe which is just straight profit for owner and the dumpest thing that MN took from another franchise! My chair with wings and drinks is much cheaper than the gas,ticket and parking prices

  • tj

    I wont go to that stadium because it is to crowded in that city already. Now you add a big glass barn that you will have to pay a ppe which is just straight profit for owner and the dumpest thing that MN took from another franchise! My chair with wings and drinks is much cheaper than the gas,ticket and parking prices

  • MidwestMobster3

    Daaaaang good job MN lmao 60m for a glass house I coulda went to mernards fa tht 60m

  • Timmy

    Was this designed by the Far Side cows?

  • Karl

    The ugliest thing I have ever seen.

  • joe joe

    I love It!

  • johan

    what an ugly stadium , a symetrical design plus the architechts just dont know what to invent

  • Al

    It looks like the Jawa sand crawler from Star Wars.

  • Jim

    What happened to the old NFL stadium design?

    • balderdash69

      Yu are stupid its 2014

  • Geoff

    As if the Gophers (or any college baseball team) would ever manage to get 65,000 to attend a game.

  • B

    “The BARN”

  • jake

    As long as it is loud as heck in there, ill be a season ticket holder for life. I’m a die hard vikings fan and always will be. No stadium design or price will keep me away.

  • T.

    I am currently working on the stadium and all I can say is that this thing is HUUUUUUGE! The trusses they’re picking up are 300,000-500,000 pounds each. The big crane tracks are taller than any of us that work there, the big crane is the 3rd largest in the entire world. It’s not even on a scale we can comprehend. They’re monstrous. Unless you’re standing there watching it, you can’t even comprehend. It’s VERY impressive! And when it’s done, I’ll be in awe I’m sure.

  • cman

    Wow, just wow. This has got to be one of the ugliest stadium concepts I’ve EVER seen. EVER! Absolutely atrocious.

    As a design professional who works with Architects, Civil Engineers, etc. and is familiar with HKS works, I have to say this is a colossal failure. This building is so ugly it makes the Metrodome look like the TAJ Mahal from the outside.

    I agree with one of the other posters it looks like the Jawa crawler from Star Wars or Noah’s Ark.

    And the price tag…… yikes!