Architecture's ability to bring people together is perhaps one of its greatest, awe-inspiring traits. And while the "bringing people together" part is usually meant figuratively, there is no building type quite as marvelous as the stadium, a place that literally gathers tens of thousands of individuals in one place, at the same time. Though the legacy of the stadium as a building type is already rich and storied, a new chapter in the history of American sports architecture will surely begin with the imminent opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Built for the Minnesota Vikings and designed by Dallas-based HKS, the dynamic, angular symmetry of this 1.1 billion-dollar venue invites us to question not only what an NFL stadium should look like today, but also how it should serve as a civic hub for our national pastimes. Citing the precedent set by contemporary buildings like Jean Nouvel's Guthrie Theater, architect John Hutchings of HKS explained that the stadium needed to be "contemporary in its architectural expression." Drawing upon local influences, the architects have achieved a striking form that addresses sustainability issues and allows for a true multi-purpose program.
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