In this week’s Style, architectural critic Edwin Slipek, takes on the Coliseum and and its proposed replacement. As usual he has some pungent comments.
True, the great public arena looks like a gargantuan, bronzed Big Mac that landed from space.
And the Coliseum’s crenellated cap is a welcome attempt to be architecturally contextual with the medieval revivalism of the adjacent Richmond Light Infantry Blues Armory.
Once inside, access to its ring of vendors and the distribution of patron traffic are excellent. The interior architecture is bold and timeless: The soaring red brick arches create handsome spaces. The arena’s interior is breathtaking, especially.
I’ve got no argument with his comments on the exterior design and its integration into the former 6th Street Marketplace. I’ve found the interior a bit short of breathtaking.