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  • Originally posted by Shadly View Post
    God. We offend so easily on the internet. Maybe I'm using too harsh of a font or something. If you want something constructive, lets talk about the slanted roof, and the conglomerate of design features in the Twins stadium. It may not have a sphinx on the roof, but the upper deck awning (or whatever you want to call it, does look propped on the rest of the structural devices that make up the stadium. Much like Mr. Herman's playhouse greatly exaggerated lines, so does this stadium.

    Haha, now you have to talk about the resemblance to Pee Wee's Playhouse.
    lol

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    • Originally posted by Shadly View Post
      God. We offend so easily on the internet. Maybe I'm using too harsh of a font or something. If you want something constructive, lets talk about the slanted roof, and the conglomerate of design features in the Twins stadium. It may not have a sphinx on the roof, but the upper deck awning (or whatever you want to call it, does look propped on the rest of the structural devices that make up the stadium. Much like Mr. Herman's playhouse greatly exaggerated lines, so does this stadium.

      Haha, now you have to talk about the resemblance to Pee Wee's Playhouse.
      so, you don't like the canopy because it's "propped on the rest of the structural devices that make up the stadium." what????

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      • Originally posted by Spruce Moose View Post
        we're getting a 21st century ballpark on a 19th century lot. this will be very interesting indeed.
        I agree that the end result will be great.

        Too bad HOK couldn't cantilever the upper deck rather than build OVER the RR tracks.
        And don't get me started about the generic seating bowl.
        The exterior, however, is stunning. I think the exterior will be the best in all of baseball.

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        • Originally posted by J2K View Post
          I agree that the end result will be great.

          Too bad HOK couldn't cantilever the upper deck rather than build OVER the RR tracks.
          And don't get me started about the generic seating bowl.
          The exterior, however, is stunning. I think the exterior will be the best in all of baseball.
          the lower section of the split upper deck is cantilevered. (a little)
          like lafferty mentioned awhile ago, it's odd that the upper deck does not have a more extreme cantilever since the site is so small.

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          • Originally posted by J2K View Post
            I agree that the end result will be great.

            Too bad HOK couldn't cantilever the upper deck rather than build OVER the RR tracks.
            And don't get me started about the generic seating bowl.
            The exterior, however, is stunning. I think the exterior will be the best in all of baseball.
            This is just a shot in the dark as I know little about structural engineering so I'll apologize now if I'm way off. Isn't the reason why we don't see a greater cantilevered upper deck due to blind spots in the outfield corner seats?

            With all the spin about "not a bad seat in the house," it appears that most of the new parks avoid the hardcore cantilevered upper deck because they want every fan, including those in the upper deck corners to have total un-obstructive views, including small blind spots right below them.

            Is it possible that the small site the Twins are working with thwarts the possibility for a cantilevered design like Dodger Stadium, where the giant piece of land allows the cantilever to remain blind spot free, even in the outfield corners.


            Dodger Stadium overlaps the Twins site....courtesy of twinsballpark2010 & Google Earth.

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            • I actually like the Twin's new park, especilly the exterior. To me they recall 50's-60's era renderings of "futuristic" architecture. One such rendering that did come to fruition (and reminds me of the new Twins park) is the TWA Terminal in New York by Saarinen.





              So the new Twins park may be "retro" but in another way.

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              • Originally posted by Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock View Post
                I actually like the Twin's new park, especilly the exterior. To me they recall 50's-60's era renderings of "futuristic" architecture. One such rendering that did come to fruition (and reminds me of the new Twins park) is the TWA Terminal in New York by Saarinen.





                So the new Twins park may be "retro" but in another way.
                the Twins park reminds me of a frank lloyd wright house. that is one crazy looking terminal. woah

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                • a few blurbs from minnpost.com
                  http://www.minnpost.com/steveberg/20...ier_to_imagine

                  Building from the inside out
                  That's what makes this urban-style ballpark the most urban of its generation. There is no pause, no spatial gap between it and its surroundings. That complication means that, unlike most structures, this one must be built "from the inside out," said Dan Mehls of Mortenson Construction, the general contractor. He noted that most of the heavy cranes and most of the staging area now rest on what will eventually be the field. It's not only that there's no room on the edge to do construction work, he said, the edge itself is being constructed.

                  Two years ago, while touring new ballparks in San Diego and San Francisco, I asked Bruce Miller of HOK Sport, this project's chief on-site architect, if he'd rather design a ballpark on a spacious green field or on a tight site in the midst of incredible urban complexity. He didn't hesitate to select the latter. In that sense, the Minneapolis project is the most exciting and most challenging that the company has yet tackled. "It's the hardest one we've done; I don't sleep much at night," he said.

                  But his enthusiasm is evident. "What excites me the most is that this ballpark is set up to embrace the future," he said. Not only is it his intention to make it green, it also fits the lifestyle required in the 21st century – accessible by transit, walking and biking, and surrounded, Miller expects, by condo buildings and pedestrian-friendly streets. Designing a major attraction that is not solely dominated by the automobile in an age of rising energy costs is especially satisfying, he said.

                  As for the complexity of the seating bowl, Miller explained that most large architectural projects are made up of sections that repeat themselves. An apartment building, for example, is designed to stack similar apartments on top of one another for many stories. A football stadium may require only four different types of seating sections that are repeated around the gridiron. He guessed that most baseball parks require 40 separate, unique sections. This one has at least 60, he said.

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                  • Thanks for finding that article Spruce Moose. I though this paragraph was interesting.

                    "As for the complexity of the seating bowl, Miller explained that most large architectural projects are made up of sections that repeat themselves. An apartment building, for example, is designed to stack similar apartments on top of one another for many stories. A football stadium may require only four different types of seating sections that are repeated around the gridiron. He guessed that most baseball parks require 40 separate, unique sections. This one has at least 60, he said."

                    www.twinsballpark2010.com has updated construction pics.

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                    • this photo of the promenade over the railroad tracks is great



                      just think, in a few months they will start putting the limestone on the exterior.

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                      • It looks like too many people have come to expect the red brick/green seats retro design now.
                        The new Twins ballpark is going to be light years ahead of the Metro Dome and I think that they were correct in moving away from what has now become the same old way of building. Give them credit for being original.
                        When they do move in there will be little doubt as to where the game is being played while too many new parks are just repeating the new version of the cookie cutter parks of the 70s.
                        I would like to see them have a different owner because the fans there deserve it.

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                        • I like the exterior look of the Twind park. It actually reminds me of Petco.

                          I think its a nice alternative to the retro brick. Not that I have any issues with those as well, but this place just by the look will already have a unique quality about it over some of the current ones built or being built

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                          • Originally posted by Jim Vaz View Post
                            I like the exterior look of the Twind park. It actually reminds me of Petco.

                            I think its a nice alternative to the retro brick. Not that I have any issues with those as well, but this place just by the look will already have a unique quality about it over some of the current ones built or being built
                            Right.
                            The more I see it the more I like it.
                            For some reason I imagine this being the look that a team from the old Pacific Coast League would have gone with if they had stuck around. It has a cool late 1950s early 60s California look to it. Kind of like the one the Dodgers went with and that has held up very well over the years.

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                            • philtration and jim vaz know what's up.

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                              • Twins stadium looks nice
                                http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/Sa...flbot-qUQb.jpg

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