Last week, Contract took part in a behind-the-scenes tour of Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, designed by SHoP Architects. The tour was for IIDA New York members and CoreNet NYC Young Leaders, and Allsteel served as the event sponsor.
Principal Gregg Pasquarelli and Krista Ninivaggi, Director of SHoP’s Interior Design Group, led a tour through the striking new entertainment and sports arena, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Located at the busy Atlantic Avenue transit hub in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, the aesthetic of the weathered steel latticework on the building’s exterior is carried inside through various elements.
My favorite part of the tour was our look inside The Vault, an exclusive club for elite visitors. Eleven suites, each with their own lounge seating and flat screen TV, surround the upscale bar area.
Just outside The Vault is the Calvin Klein Courtside Club. Guests can catch a glance of their favorite Nets players coming and going from the adjacent locker room.
Inside the bowl, the architects strived to achieve an environment similar to a black box theater. The rows are graded steeply, providing excellent sightlines so that every seat is the best seat in the house.
Another highlight of the tour was loading dock, which features a 80-foot diameter steel deck turntable and humungous elevator, large enough to fit an 18-wheeler truck.