A Gehry Grows in Brooklyn

The unveiling of a new design for the 22-acre Atlantic Yards site marks the latest step for the controversial project

On May 11, Frank Gehry, FAIA, unveiled new models for his 22-acre Atlantic Yards development in downtown Brooklyn. He says the latest work is more sympathetic to the scale and character of the residential area that the project borders. Some of the buildings are shorter and less bulky than those that were previously presented. Many of them will have glass walls at street level, and others will not be built so closely together. Most of the buildings will be clad either in metal, glass, or brick, and their designs are generally much less unorthodox than the models presented last July. For instance many buildings that had been tilting in various directions in the prior models are now standing straight up.

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