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SBD/Issue 244/Facilities & Venues
First Images Of Revamped Barclays Center Design Released
Published September 9, 2009
|SHoP Architects Working With Ellerbe
Becket To Develop Barclays Center
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOK: Three months later, the Barclays Center exterior looks nothing like that initial drawing. It contains three rust-colored horizontal steel bands that curve and swoop around the building, creating a cantilevered structure 30 feet high and 80 feet long, Pasquarelli said. The arena's glass walls enable pedestrians walking the plaza outside the arena and motorists driving along Flatbush and Atlantic streets to peer into the seating bowl and see the center-hung scoreboard. It is a transparent look Nets Owner Bruce Ratner desired for the building, Pasquarelli said. In addition, the design team plans to use new lighting technologies to illuminate the arena's interior and exterior, creating a halo effect at night. "We will be looking at cutting-edge LED and sustainable strategies for power consumption," he said. The scaled-down project stands at about $800M, about $200M less than Gehry's plan. FCR fired Gehry late last year after Ratner determined his design was too costly to finance in a distressed economy.