New Barclays Center Plaza With Green Roof Subway Entrance
SHoP Architects, who are responsible for the design of the Net’s new arena, have altered the entrance to include a public plaza with more environmentally friendly landscaping and a green roofed entrance to the subway.
SHoP altered the design to make the entrance more accessible and useful for the surrounding community and even designed it so it could be used as a farmer’s market or event plaza.
The Plaza in front of the Barclays Center for Atlantic Yards is located at the busy intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, and it will serve as the main entrance to the arena. When designing the plaza, SHoP’s main focus was on creating a smooth, flowing area centered around transit and pedestrian traffic.
The roof of the subway entrance will feature Sedum plantings that will compliment several other planters spread throughout the plaza. Seating around the plaza and planters will be made from Ipe wood. The plaza will feature a large covered area at the entrance of the arena with a giant oculus, which will include a state-of-the-art display screen that can be programmed for games, events and other activities on the plaza.
SHoP also considered how else the public space could be used to better serve the community — they designed it to be flexible and accommodating for community events, pop-up shops, fashion week events, and even a weekly farmer’s market.