Workers in aprons are scattered amongst and even on top of slabs of stone and horses are at the ready to deliver heavy loads, all paused in action for an unknown photographer to capture the grand scope of a Brooklyn stone yard in the 19th century.
Sunset Park locals want to rezone the waterfront for green energy jobs and revise the City Charter to allow community-led rezonings.
Standing on Barclays Center’s green roof. Photo by Chris Ryan for The Architect’s Newspaper
It must have been a disappointment to many architecture enthusiasts when they discovered that the plan to build a green roof for Barclays Center had been nixed for budgetary reasons. The roof had been part of the original Frank Gehry design — along with a running track around its perimeter — but those features were scrapped during the recession.
The resulting white top, with its big blue logo, gave the stadium a feeling of being somehow unfinished. Now, three years after the grand opening of Barclays Center, the green roof is back in play — and it looks as if all the greenery may be in place by the end of July. Fingers crossed.
The 135,000-square-foot area is in the process of being covered with a layer of sedum, a genus of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. The idea is to capture rainwater, reduce noise output, and provide a more pleasing view for both passers-by and future residents of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park highrises being built around it.
The Architect’s Newspaper recently got an exclusive tour of the roof in construction, and the photos give the otherworldly impression of a park floating above the streets of Brooklyn.