Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Sneak Peek at the Nets’ Brooklyn Home

If the Nets ever make it to Brooklyn, this is where they’ll play: “Developer Bruce Ratner today unveiled his latest vision for a controversial plan to build an NBA arena in Brooklyn – a new glass-and steel design he hopes will help the public forget the key loss of star architect Frank Gehry from the embattled project … Ratner hopes to break ground by the end of the year and move his New Jersey Nets into the planned arena for the 2011-12 season.”

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    It looks like a fu*king spaceship.
    Cool design conceptually, but almost entirely unrealistic in raelity. I would imagine that design would easily exceed whatever budget they put in place.
    Still, if they manage to build it, it’d look amazing.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I like it. Now let’s get this done!

  • k.a.

    I’m an architect and just based on the one pic, doesn’t look like its particularly expensive. There’s no elaborate expressive structure, the shape is funky but its still regular/uniform in section so its just typcal cladding and glazing. In fact since they loss gehry meant that his design prolly wasnt cost viable.

  • NJ4Life

    Hm. That doesn’t look like Newark at all. So this design can go in the trash with the others.

  • http://www.curtin.edu.au Declan

    I don’t like it.

  • http://slamonline.com ben osborne

    Sigh…move to Newark!!!

  • http://Fraggin'.com ChimmyChanga

    Just get LeBron and “Presto”, you’ve got a relevant franchise…

  • http://www.twitter.com/from_the_chi Bryan Crawford

    It looks like a baseball cap… or better yet, Princess Leia’s hat she wore in the jungle in Return of the Jedi.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Let’s see if they can do it. Looks nice, though.

  • des

    That’s going to go at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic? GOOD LUCK.

  • bigA2348

    wow looks expensive, i guess the economies not that bad

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Brooklyn Go Hard

  • g

    wooo that look vicious hope it comes out like that gladly i live in brooklyn

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  • chintao

    @ k.a. Posted: Sep.10 at 10:45 am ==> You’re right. The Gehry design was not viable. The problem is that Ratner used that design to get approval for his project. Now that he’s low on funds, Brooklyn is getting a compromised design. Yeah, it’s better than the prior piece of garbage, but it is nowhere near the original proposal.

  • chintao

    @ k.a. ==> You are right. The Gehry design became unfeasible, budget-wise. The problem is that Ratner used that design to gain community and city approval. While this latest design is not nearly as bad as the generic structure that was proposed in June, it is still a significant compromise that leaves many feeling that they have been taken for a ride.

  • chintao

    If anyone is interested in following the developments on this arena, you can find some bakcground information here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/arts/design/09arena.html

    and, more recently, here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/arts/design/10yards.html?th&emc=th

  • Dan Ilika

    Didn’t you guys post this almost a year ago?

  • chintao

    ^ That should tell you something about the economy and about Ratner’s trifling ways.