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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Atlantic Yards Theater of the Absurd Continues

(Please Note: We don't care what the arena looks like, though everyone should remember that Ratner promised an iconic Frank Gehry arena; we care that Atlantic Yards is a failure and a rip-off, yet NYC and NY State continue to back it.)

So, remember that Atlantic Yards arena "hangar" design that appeared in the NY Times and elsewhere, which the Times' critic Nicolai Ouroussoff ripped to shreds? Yup, that one that Ratner said is "not his intention," the one that City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden supposedly "leaked," but somehow appears in the official state document governing the Atlantic Yards project (more on that from Norman Oder in relation to this article)?

Well now the hangar's arena's lead architect Ellerbe Becket says that the real rendering will knock your socks off with its evocative "working-class industrial hub" feel replete with "bunker style" luxury suites.

Presumably the "working-class industrial hub" look would be a facade.

Barclays won’t look like leaked rendering, Ellerbe Becket says
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The New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff can rest easy.

The exterior of Barclays Center, the New Jersey Nets’ proposed Brooklyn arena, will look nothing like the image the Times published last month, according to James Poulson, Ellerbe Becket’s design director for the project.

The initial rendering, obtained by the newspaper without approval from the NBA team and the architect, shows a red-brick building with an arched roof, a plan that prompted Ouroussoff to rip the design in a critique.

“I’ve heard it called an airplane hangar, a trash Dumpster and a big barn,” Poulson said, chuckling. He served in the same role for developing Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the retro-themed arena that has influenced several NBA facilities built in the last 10 years.

Brooklyn isn’t Indiana, of course, and Poulson echoed the comments made by Nets executive Brett Yormark, who said the arena will evoke the borough’s history as a working-class industrial hub. The exterior in its final form will be “less barnlike,” Poulson said.

“It may be something totally unexpected,” he said. “We would like it not to look like Conseco.”

Inside the arena, Ellerbe Becket principals are designing some midlevel, bunker-style spaces where the early plan is for club seat holders to rent them on a per-event basis for pregame and postgame activities, Poulson said.

It’s a slight twist on bunker suites, the event-level private hospitality spaces with no view to game but tied to courtside seats. Moving those areas up higher in the seating bowl is part of the Nets’ plan to meet market demand for midpriced premium seats, he said.

(Emphasis added.)
Do Ratner, ESDC and now Ellerbe Becket think we're all fools or just not paying attention?

We repeat, the ESDC—the state agency overseeing the project—released these renderings on June 23 in the Modified General Project Plan weeks after they were supposedly "leaked." Is the ESDC trying to pass off "leaked" renderings as the real deal? We doubt it. We presume the real story is that ESDC had to show some rendering of the arena when it adopted that new plan or they'd look really silly, and the only rendering available was the one that went over like a lead balloon.

And now the arena's design director says that the arena "may be something totally unexpected." He's right on that one: it is so unexpected that neither Ratner, ESDC or Ellerbe Becket even know what it is yet!

Wouldn't one presume that if developer Bruce Ratner wants to break ground this fall (an impossibility) he'd like to know what his $800 million arena looks like, or does he just want to be surprised? On a similiar note, doesn't Barclays Bank want to see what its $400 million naming rights deal is buying?

By the way, does the "working-industrial hub" simulacrum include chafing dishes or not?

Posted: 7.20.09
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