It’s not as if drawings showing the industrial look of the new Dynamo Stadium hadn’t been floating around for a little while, but today marks the day the folks at Populous, the building’s designers, officially “unveiled” the design for the East Downtown soccer venue. Hiding behind that veil, of course, is . . . a giant veil: a meshy, irregular metal skin wrapping the structure, lifted up at corner entrances to reveal a glowing orange polycarbonate surface behind. Kinda like the approach to that big reception desk at the new Downtown Y — just a whole lot more, y’know, grand.
When you’ve already designed Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium, and the Toyota Center, what’s left in Houston for these guys to do? Will they get to push the button for the Astrodome demo too?
Seats in the stadium will be spread on a single bowl, with 33 suites along the covered east and west sides. The center of the west side, closest to Hutchins St., will include an open-air patio. On the Walker St. side to the south there’ll be a large “concession lounge” with a direct view of the playing field, and a concealed stage that’ll be pulled out for concerts. The unshaded north, facing Texas Ave., will have a standing-room-only section.