Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Observer: the new buzzy architect working on the arena is SHoP

Stealing some of Forest City Ratner's thunder, the New York Observer reveals the name of the new architect working on the Atlantic Yards arena--though not any new renderings.

The architect, SHoP, has a snazzy addition to the Fashion Institute of Technology as its featured project. Presumably SHoP is working on the exterior of the building, while arena specialist Ellerbe Becket remains in charge of the interior.

The renderings are expected sometime before the September 17 board meeting of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Surely City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, who reportedly leaked the hangar-like" design of Ellerbe Becket (which replaced Frank Gehry), is now pleased that a firm with some cachet is on the job. She already likes SHoP.

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