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July 20, 2011

Renderings of arena interiors (by SHoP) "unveiled," though "subject to change"

Atlantic Yards Report

Promoters of the Barclays Center--um, now the Barclays Center of Brooklyn--have "unveiled" renderings of several interior spaces, "including the spectacular entrances, Main Concourse, Arena Atrium, four bars/lounges, three clubs, one restaurant, and select suites."

They're designed by SHoP, the buzzy architectural firm hired to improve the Ellerbe Becket arena. As noted the "creative renderings" are "subject to change," which surely was an important warning for those who pondered Frank Gehry's various Atlantic Yards renderings.

Two renderings (click to enlarge)

Click thru for the "official" press release.


NoLandGrab: "Spectacular?" Looks like most any other arena.

Related coverage...

NY Observer, Atlantic Yards Arena: Bars With a Chance of Basketball

The new images are even complete with stylishly dressed virtual people cheering on (presumably) the Nets in their new home.

And by the looks of these renderings there will be no shortage of alcohol in the new arena, which will house at least four bars and a court-side club. Swanky.

NY Post, Inside look at Nets new arena

It’s not "The Worlds Most Famous Arena," but it’ll certainly be New York’s most modern.

The Nets’ new Brooklyn home — set to open in September 2012 — can’t compete with Madison Square Garden’s storied history, but it will be packed with a slew of modern amenities.

Park Slope Patch, Luxe Treatment for VIPs at the Barclays Center

"The interior spaces of the Barclays Center will provide premium experiences that are reflective of a sophisticated and dynamic venue in the heart of Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark in a statement. "nothing has been spared in creating an inviting and spectacular environment to compliment the best events in sports and entertainment."

NoLandGrab: Plus the Nets!

Curbed, Fancy Chandeliers and Courtside Club for Barclays Center VIPs

SHoP principal Gregg Pasquarelli says the firm designed the Barclays interiors to focus on "bringing the energy of Brooklyn street life into the arena," using a "simple yet tactile palette of industrial materials." If you're curious what "simple yet tactile" is running these days, the Roll & Hill chandelier* pictured in the second slide above runs for $5,000 and up.

NoLandGrab: * Roll & Hill chandelier not included.

The Brooklyn Paper, Separate and unequal at the Barclays Center

Critics were nonplussed by the arena’s glitzy design.

“It’s surprising that they don’t have the money to pay for the rest of the project,” said Candace Carponter, the legal director of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, one of the groups suing the state over Atlantic Yards, “but they’re going to sell high-priced tickets to high-rollers who’ll show up in big cars and clog traffic on our streets.”

Gothamist, What The Brooklyn Nets' New Barclays Center Home Will Look Like Inside

And while the just-released renderings of the $1 billion dollar building's interiors, by the firm SHoP Architects PC, aren't exactly riveting they are...something.

WONDER at the all white VIP entrance where Russian billionaires will be able to avoid the hoi polloi. MARVEL at the earth-toned main concourse which "includes a smooth terrazzo floor reflecting the lights of a night sky above with clear directional signage to seat and suite locations." STARE at the Beers of the World bar which will never in all its days look as empty as it does in SHoP's rendering and finally OGGLE the private suites that you will never be able to visit!

The Real Deal, Nets reveal interiors of Barclays Center

The interior will use brown and gray colored lighting to achieve a "Brooklyn feel," Christopher Sharples, co-founder of the stadium's designers, SHoP Architects, said.

NLG: Feel this, Sharples!

NetsDaily, Barclays Interior Designs Released

Meanwhile, the two reigning heavyweight boxing champions, Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko said they were excited about the possibility of bouts at Barclays in front a big Russian crowd. "Let's do it," said Wladimir.

Posted by eric at July 20, 2011 5:56 PM