Frank Gehry's Design is Out

According to government officials and real estate executives, Frank Gehry is out as the architect for Barclays Center arena.
June 6, 2009, 11am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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"The exotic, $1 billion glass-walled design by Mr. Gehry, the award-winning architect behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, has been replaced with a less-expensive, $800 million arena.

The new design comes from Ellerbe Becket, an architectural firm based in Kansas City, Mo., that specializes in convention centers, stadiums and arenas, and designed Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, where the Indiana Pacers play. Officials who have seen the latest design for the Brooklyn arena say that while it resembles Conseco Fieldhouse, it also bears a likeness to an "airplane hangar.""

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Published on Thursday, June 4, 2009 in The New York Times
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