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It sure looks like the architects behind Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center are pushing a very similar design for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. But we’ll let you be the judge in our poll at the end of this article.

Louisville's KFC Yum! Center. (Populous)
Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. (Populous)

Sports architecture firm Populous designed Louisville’s arena with a nod toward the Falls of the Ohio and a signature curving facade facing the river. Now, in new renderings released last week by the same firm for Milwaukee, we’ve spotted another curvaceous facade, this time clad in some kind of wood.

Rendering of the Milwaukee Bucks stadium. (Populous)
Rendering of the Milwaukee Bucks stadium. (Populous)

Urban Milwaukee’s Jeramey Jannene posted the renderings Friday in an article suggesting ways to make the Buck’s arena more urban. And Louisville’s arena could have taken some of Jannene’s advice on creating an active streetscape.

The KFC Yum! Center. (Brent Moore / Flickr)
The KFC Yum! Center. (Brent Moore / Flickr)

“The new Bucks arena has almost no activation on three sides,” Jannene wrote. “If a great, urban neighborhood is expected to emerge around the new arena, let’s not build a black hole in the middle of it.”

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This isn’t the first time we’ve spotted a KFC Yum! Center look-a-like. Back in 2008, we wrote about this soccer stadium in Liverpool, England by architecture firm HOK that looked eerily similar to our own Bucket.

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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