Is Barclays Center Ugly?

Judging the aesthetic merits of the city's newest sports arena.

Designed by Ellerbe Beckett and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center's mirrored glass and aged steel exterior just a stone's throw away from some of the oldest and most historically significant housing stock the city has to offer.

So as the arena begins to take its final shape in the middle of Brownstone Brooklyn, a question:

Is Barclays Center ugly?

Or is it a welcome, intrinsically modern, addition to the landscape of the borough?

Greg Black September 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hell yeah, it is ugly as hell why would they make it look like that especially in NYC, not a good look.
Black Jack Johnson September 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Ugly is not even strong enough to describe how bad it looks. Clearly this was about saving money over the long term on exterior maintenance as opposed to aesthetics.
Carl Powlett September 17, 2012 at 01:52 AM
"...each one presents a fresh, visually exciting facade that is unmistakable and arresting to the eye." This seems an apt description of the Barclay Center.
Bee September 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The word ugly is euphemistic. I think the words, criminal, hideous and outrageously disgusting are more apt. It's a travesty that our tax dollars subsidize this affront to Brooklyn.
bw September 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I agree, mostly. Perhaps they can paint it a finished, gray-metalic-blue? That could help the apperance i think. But never will the problems of extreme traffic and eye sore non-the less be solved. But a new exterior may save the people some depression symptoms.


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