Anton Foss Shares HOK’s Design of NBA and NHL Arena in Seattle
Anton Foss, managing principal of HOK’s Seattle and San Francisco offices, authors an article describing the design of Seattle’s proposed arena.
“The building’s distinctive stone, metal and glass facade reflects its industrial neighborhood and the varying heights of structures built over the past 100 years. Contrasting the structurally expressive gestures of its neighboring football and baseball stadiums, the arena design emphasizes the enclosure of the energetic performance space that forms the building’s heart. Reflecting Seattle’s proud aviation history, the iconic fins on the roof are inspired by a jet engine’s turbine blades.
“‘The integration of the arena with the other two sports venues and surrounding neighborhoods provides a southern terminus to Seattle’s new waterfront, energizing both the stadium district and the entire city,’ said HOK urban designer Jerome Unterreiner, a frequent contributor to the redevelopment of Seattle’s waterfront over the past several years.
“At 700,000 square feet, the arena will seat 18,000 people for basketball and hockey games and up to 20,000 for concerts. The development also has a 74,000-square-foot NBA training facility and a parking garage for the team, staff and VIP guests.
“HOK’s design of the seating bowl brings all fans closer to the action. Club and suite seat ticket holders will enter the building at ground level through a dedicated premium club entrance on First Avenue. Positioned a few rows off the floor, these suite seats will be among the best in the NBA and NHL. Three innovative ‘sonic rings’ replace the ‘nosebleed’ seats of a traditional upper deck. Leaning in toward the court, these seats provide 2,500 fans with exceptional front-row vantage points and a luxurious club atmosphere.
“Glass concourses connect guests to Seattle’s beautiful skyline, the waterfront and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier. Views of city landmarks help fans navigate through the building and contribute to a distinctly Seattle experience.”
“The addition of more than 30,000 square feet of outdoor public space — comparable in size to Occidental Park and Westlake Park combined — will benefit the community year-round. The large outdoor plaza will accommodate intimate concerts, watch parties, a weekend farmers market or an outdoor basketball tournament. The club restaurant will spill out onto First Avenue and fans will frequent the surrounding businesses.”