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Barclays Facade Not Winning Over Neighbors, Also May Drip On You

Passersby believe the facade looks unfinished, and a closer look at other buildings that utilize weathered steel shows some instances of rust drippage.

The rusty finish of the Barclays Center façade may have its fans in the architecture and design world, but neighbors wonder if the aesthetics may be lacking, says the New York Times.

Passersby interviewed for the paper about the façade thought it looked unfinished, with one man believing that it was going to be painted over.

In fact, a Patch poll from March found that , with only 30 percent thinking the façade looked “21st century,” and three percent not sure.

The weathering steel develops a thin layer of rust, which then acts as a protective coating against moisture, slowing its own corrosion process almost completely. The material does have one backdraw, as the Times points out  – the rust tends to drip onto the pavement below.

“When the material gets wet, there is a rusty wash that goes down onto adjacent areas of concrete,” Michael Devonshire, a materials expert at architecture firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates told the paper. “It can get really funky looking.”

The steel on the Barclays Center was weathered for about four months at an Indianapolis plant, where it was put through more than a dozen wet-and-dry cycles a day in an effort to fend off much of the orange drippings.

The process put about six years of weathering onto the steel, which, according to Robert Sanna, a Forest City Ratner executive should keep the dripping to a minimum.

“You won’t have to worry that it will stain your sweater as you walk by,” Sanna told the paper.

Gregg August 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Did they learn nothing from the PPG building in Pittsburgh 40 years ago? Not only is the Barclays design hideous, it's decomposing! Wonderful addition to the neighborhood, LOL......
Chris Clawson August 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
So stupid that they didn't go with frank gehry's design. The whole point of picking this hideous design was to shave $200m off the price tag...which they ended up spending ANYWAY. If they had gone with gehry's design we would have had a beautiful addition to downtown brooklyn. Just goes to show you these forest city rats have more dollars than sense.
Gary Shaffer August 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
But wait, it gets better. Not only is it ugly, but the arena was built just slightly too small to accommodate a professional hockey team. This despite the fact that there is a professional hockey team 20 miles away that's been interested in moving for the past 15 years. How you can spend this kind of money on a sports arena and not design it so it can be easily converted for pro hockey use is beyond comprehension.
The Prospect Heights Dreamer August 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
What a stupid article I mean really you are asking people if a unfinished building is a eyesore of course most people would state that they thought it was a eyesore its not finished. I like the design myself but I do agree that they should have made it big enough to accommodate a hockey team now that was just dumb!
vincent romero August 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
All this for a team that's going to be lured away by another city in about 25 to 30 yrs. Just look at the history of the Nets, they played first in Teaneck, NJ, then Long Island, back to New Jersey, now Brooklyn, just you wait and see.
The Truth August 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The rusty run-off may not damage a sweater but it will surly run down the windows and glass, which will certainly make the entire building look older and less attractive. HUGE NETS FAN here (20 years) and season ticket holder and ecstatic about the season...but yeah, agree they could have done better with the design!
Michael Gelberg August 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Remember though, the end goal has always been Brooklyn. Don't see them moving anywhere else.
Anthony August 28, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Not to mention that most of the people they polled hate the arena to begin with. Any chance they get to bash it, they will.
mattyrich August 29, 2012 at 01:46 AM
As an authentic and original Brooklynite....I think this design is disgusting and doesn't enhance nor compliment the evolving Brooklyn. I'm over it! Thumbs down!!!!!!
Sara August 29, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hmmm, while I see what everyone's issue is with it, I actually think I like it.
Dios Thunders September 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
so theyll fix it ....its there too late to complain I thought the twin towers were the ugliest buildings i ever say especially in that area filled with beautiful old buildings I think the new place is ugly So what it s not part of my life Im still going to see Neil Young Dylan and the Stones will proroably play in November if they do tour and play NYC and that means VIP!!!!! for me yea!!!!!!! cleaning all my cqameras now (FILM its the real thing)

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