We want Spam, not meatballs: Museum's 'Ikea-like' design stirs debate

Author:
Updated:
Original:

What's blue and yellow, and famous for its meat products? No, it's not Ikea. It's the design for a new Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.

But the first look at plans for the new museum has prompted a spirited debate on the Austin Daily Herald website, with some commenters criticizing conceptual drawings from RSP Architects for looking too much like an Ikea store.

"It is wretched!" one commenter said. "Only the Main Street side has any brick to connect to it's neighbor [sic]. The rest of it looks like IKEA and Crate & Barrel had an illegitimate child."

But what else could the designers do? Some commenters responded. After all, the famous Spam cans are also blue and yellow, and shades not far removed from the furniture giant.

A more common criticism among commenters was that the building does not fit in well with surrounding downtown Austin.

One said: "How much money has the downtown spent trying to get rid of this style architecture? Now we are reintroducing it with no regard to the surrounding buildings?"

The 14,000-square-foot building design was voted through by the city's Port Authority last week, the Business Journal reports, as parent company Hormel Food Corp. moves the museum into downtown from its current site at Hormel's headquarters.

Hormel sent a copy of the designs to BringMeTheNews, but said it is still subject to change.

"The important thing to note is that this is not the final design and is still in concept form," a spokesman said. "There will likely be some modifications to it."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 9.54.21 AM

Newly elected representative vows to flout Minnesota COVID-19 rules

He wrote to Gov. Tim Walz, inviting him to a backyard gathering ahead of Thanksgiving.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota Hospital Association: We are out of time to be 'Minnesota Nice'

The group is launching an ad campaign that holds nothing back about the seriousness of the situation in Minnesota hospitals.

MSU-Mankato hockey, Minnesota State, Mavericks

1 game into season and MSU Mankato is halted by COVID-19

The Mavericks played Bemidji State on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 8.57.50 AM

Cowboys TD featured horrible non-tackle by Vikings cornerback

Number 26 wanted nothing to do with making that tackle.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 8.35.40 AM

New app will help Minnesotans find out about COVID-19 exposures

Personal information is not obtained by Google, Apple or the State of Minnesota.

Arianna Rooney

Missing: 16-year-old girl from White Bear Township

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Tim Walz will again speak to Minnesotans on Monday

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Ed Davis

Timberwolves acquire forward Ed Davis from Knicks

The Wolves gave up Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans and a future second-round pick.

Adam Thielen

Cowboys score late to end Vikings' winning streak

Adam Thielen's two touchdowns weren't enough in a 31-28 defeat.

Related