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Volume 24 No. 216
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Through The Looking Glass: KeyArena Lands Atrium Centerpiece

A "revamped plan for a new main entrance at the south end of a remodeled KeyArena got a mostly positive reception Thursday when officially unveiled to the Seattle Design Commission." Oak View Group and Populous have "scrapped" plans for an above-ground parking garage and "replaced it with a glass atrium serving as the arena’s main entrance" once the $600M remodel is completed. The 360-foot-long atrium will have glass "on all sides and its ceiling." Populous architect Geoff Cheong said that the idea was to "build 'a transparent lens' through which visitors could better see KeyArena’s Paul Thiry-designed roof" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/19).