New Atlantic Yards Architectural Renderings Unveiled

More goings-ons with the ever-changing Atlantic Yards project, and surely more new material for Norman Oder‘s book about the development. New architectural renderings have just been released and they’ve been stripped down a touch since the original plans were unveiled back in early-September of last year. No more does the development include an office tower, with the NY Times reporting that the project’s developer, Bruce Ratner, saying that “there is little demand for office space today, and there may not be for years to come.” However, beyond the new New Jersey Nets stadium at the heart of the Yards, Barclays Center, it sounds like Ratner’s plans still include building residential buildings, construction starting as soon as eight months from now, which, given the still-gloomy economy, seems just as risky as building office space. Other newness in the plans include updated landscaping, green roofs, a new opening in the Barclays Center’s roof, and miscellaneous bits and pieces like benches and new video screens. SHoP Architects, who had been brought in shortly after Frank Gehry was kicked off the project and Elerbe Becket (now owned by Aecom Technology) was picked as his replacement, looks to be handling all of these updates to the development.

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