New arena design disappoints

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 6:04 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 - 8:16 am

Re "Sacramento's planned downtown arena looms less large" (Page A1, April 10): The superficial changes to the arena disappoint on many levels. Shortening this building by 15 feet and changing the exterior has done little to improve this building. It doesn't need to look like the State Capitol or the Cathedral to create site context. It doesn't even look like the design team considered contextual issues.

The design turns a cold shoulder to K Street. The plaza for the arena is a place unto itself and only superficially connects to its surroundings. The arena should be rotated and the plaza located near 7th and K Street. Taking advantage of St. Rose Plaza could serve as a destination for K Street.

The design has patrons accessing the arena from K Street through an alleyway-like entrance. Experiencing the arena through this chokepoint is not the experience I had hoped for from this centerpiece of Downtown Sacramento. We can do better.

-- Steven P. Johnson, Architect, Sacramento

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