Barclays Center by SHoP Opens in Brooklyn

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On a gorgeous September morning in Brooklyn, the media descended upon Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, which opened officially last week with a concert by Nets minority owner Jay-Z. The $1 billion project was met with both fanfare and protests: Its spaceship-esque design by local firm SHoP Architects is controversial, particularly for scale and aesthetic as it doesn’t seem to “belong” in the downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene neighborhood.

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Clad in weathered steel, the Barclays Center oculus marks the main entrance to the arena; a scrolling electronic ticker runs on the interior of the oculus. Photo: Sheila Kim.

Regardless of what the critics and residents are saying, this Brooklynite just had to see it firsthand and take a tour with SHoP Architects principal Chris Sharples (shown below with his twin brother and business partner, Bill) on media day.

The main entrance is marked by an oculus that displays the scrolling ticker on the interior band as opposed to the outer as most marquees do. The exterior is clad in [RETRACTION!] weathered steel, while ample glazing along the facade creates a seamless connection between plaza/sidewalk and the arena, and provides views of the scoreboard–a unique feature as arena scoreboards are usually located further in and out of line of sight for passersby.

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SHoP Architects principals Chris and Bill Sharples. Photo: Sheila Kim.

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg at Barclays. Photo: Sheila Kim.

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The new Brooklyn Nets court. Photo: Sheila Kim.

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View of the arena from a private box. Photo: Sheila Kim.

Photo: Sheila Kim.

Photo: Sheila Kim

Photo: Sheila Kim.

Photo: Sheila Kim.

Photo: Sheila Kim.

Photo: Sheila Kim.

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