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Volume 25 No. 87
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Bucks' Fiserv Forum Impresses With Open Spaces, Digital Aesthetic

The whole of the bowl is darkly colored, which allows the court to stand out, like a lighted stage
Photo: FISERV FORUM

The Bucks' new Fiserv Forum features "soaring spaces and grand staircases" as well as a "21st-century digital aesthetic," according to an architectural review by Mary Louise Schumacher of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The seating bowl "feels incredibly intimate, like a black box theater." The whole of the bowl is "darkly colored," which allows the court to "stand out, like a lit stage, for the drama of the NBA." The concourses are "wonderfully open" and full of "countless social spaces." All of the mechanicals and light fixtures "visually sink into the charcoal gray ceilings, which, again, give the spaces a clean and intimate feel." The "curving interior walls" create a "what's-around-that-edge sense of anticipation" inside the arena. When it comes to the exterior of the facility, "reasonable people will disagree about the arena's architectural style." The "signature flaw in the arena is a dramatic, sweeping roofline that appears unfinished," particularly near its rounded edge where it "looks like the builders ran out of the auburn-colored zinc cladding." Fans will not "notice the roofline issue" while visiting the arena on foot, but "from a distance, which is how buildings of this sort are meant to be read and how they have impact" (JSONLINE.com, 9/11).