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May 23, 2008

Gehry Downsizes Tower Design for Atlantic Yards

Architectural Record
by C.J. Hughes

The architecture-business bible, perhaps inadvertently, hits the nail on the head.


Even Frank Gehry projects don’t seem to be immune to the current economic downturn.

Atlantic Yards, a 22-acre, 8-million-square-foot mixed-use New York City project that’s been mired in controversy from day one, is now scaling back its signature building, Miss Brooklyn, from 620 to 511 feet in height. Along with the downsizing comes a change in function: originally, the tower was to feature condos and offices, but the new design calls for just 650,000 square feet of commercial space. As such, developer Forest City Ratner Companies is also renaming it, from Miss Brooklyn, for the borough it will sit in, to the more prosaic Building One.

The high-rise has a completely new look. Previously, its facade was arrayed along relatively straight, clean lines, renderings show. Now, though, the glass-and-steel structure twists and tapers as it climbs, skewing its silver-colored panels at enough odd angles to suggest a house of cards. [Emphasis, ours]


NoLandGrab: Atlantic Yards suggests a house of cards in more ways than one.

Posted by eric at May 23, 2008 8:25 PM