The U.S. Bank Stadium is crazy by design. Inspired by the local landscape of Minnesota as well as Viking longboats this structure by HKS Architects is a landmark piece in several ways.
The stadium is LEED Gold certified, meaning it meets international criteria for best in class strategies and practices to make it a sustainable building. It was the largest construction project in Minnesota and includes 1,300 wifi access points for an estimated 30,000 users.
Despite frigid winter weather, you can comfortably walk to the stadium thanks to a connected network of enclosed second level bridges called the Skyway.
The same company that built the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mortensen, was employed here. They utilized 4D technology to visualize the entire construction timeline and anticipate any potential problems.
Other stadiums built before the U.S. Bank Stadium feature a retractable roof, however, that solution just didn’t make sense here.
The roof is made of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), a translucent, strong, and lightweight material. It is the largest of its kind in America. Each panel is 10 feet x 300 feet and filled with air.
With so much going on, the Stadium is more than just an event space but represents a new dimension in architectural innovation that shines a light to the future. Have you ever visited? If so what did you think?
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