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Friday, June 5, 2009

Developer Drops Gehry’s Design for Brooklyn Arena

Drum roll please...wait for it...wait for it...wait for it....Revit firm wins!!!!
Published: June 4, 2009

Citing financial concerns, the developer of the long-delayed Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn has scrapped plans for a Frank Gehry-designed $1 billion glass-walled basketball arena for the Nets in favor of a less expensive arena.

Gehry Partners

A 2006 version of Frank Gehry’s design for the Nets arena and Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn.

Ellerbe Becket

The new design for the Nets arena by Ellerbe Becket, an architectural firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

The new design, which will cost about $200 million less, comes from Ellerbe Becket, an architectural firm based in Kansas City, Mo., that specializes in convention centers, stadiums and arenas and designed Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, where the Indiana Pacers play. Officials who have seen the design say that while it resembles Conseco Fieldhouse it also bears a likeness to an “airplane hangar.”

The developer of Atlantic Yards, Bruce C. Ratner, the chief executive of Forest City Ratner, scrapped Mr. Gehry’s plans primarily for economic reasons. The arena is the centerpiece of a $4 billion development that has been hobbled by lawsuits, a recession and its own ambitious goal to build 6,400 apartments, 40 percent of which would be reserved for low- to middle-income families.

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