Saturday, July 28, 2012

The modular plan versus Gehry's goal to not make it "look like a project"

"How do you make a complex that doesn’t look like a project even though one architect’s doing it?" asked Frank Gehry, then the architect of Atlantic Yards, in a 10/31/05 interview, describing some of the challenges he faced.

Modular construction does not seem to be the most likely solution. (The developer is still aiming at modular, but has not reached agreement with construction unions, even though an effort to finance the first building is in process.)

But by now Forest City Ratner's goal is cutting costs--not to mention that speedier construction would avoid arena snags. So Gehryesque architecture is not the priority. 

Looking northwest from the corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean Streets, with three towers around the arena.
Note that the rendering, by SHoP, is from that curious hovercraft perspective that architects often favor, though it bears no relation to how pedestrians would experience the buildings. Also note the building in the lower right, which seems very small: it's not actually the 10-story Atlantic Terrace building, which should be there, but seven-story placeholder.

And where's the broadcast parking lot on the east side of Dean Street?

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