On the same day a Minneapolis City Council committee recommended the appointment of Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the team to handle the $97 million Target Center renovation project, final renderings of what the building will look like after work is complete have been published on NBA.com.
Though the home of the Timberwolves and Lynx currently looks like a spaceship that crash landed on the edge of downtown Minneapolis and wound up stranded here on Earth, the new and improved design will feature a glassier exterior and a finish that looks like the surface of Jupiter.
One rendering is at the top of this post. Here are a couple more:
The funding deal approved by the City Council last year calls for $48.5 million to come from Minneapolis's coffers, $43 million from the Lynx and the Timberwolves, and $5.5 million from building manager AEG.
Work is expected to begin within the next couple months and be wrapped up within two years. The Timberwolves and Lynx will continue to play in the arena while construction is ongoing.
Meanwhile, just across 1st Avenue, work is already well underway on Mayo Clinic Square (the building formerly known as Block E).