Rendering: Barclays Center is getting a green, sound-absorbing roof

The arena’s developer is covering the structure with a 130,000-square-foot grassy lawn, which will also serve to drown out loud concerts

Rendering of Barclays Center's green roof

Rendering of Barclays Center's green roof Rendering: SHoP Architects

Barclays Center is going green—or its roof is, at least. Though original plans for the Brooklyn arena included a dome covered in lush plantings, they were cut six years ago due to (what else?) budget issues. Now, developer Forest City Ratner Cos. has announced the 130,000-square-foot vegetation-topped dome is happening after all. It is currently being designed by SHoP Architects, who are also behind the controversial Domino Sugar complex.

According to The Wall Street Journal, who first reported the news, the developers are adding this feature to lure residents to Atlantic Yards. Three towers of the massive housing project (which comprises 15 towers and 6,400 apartments) will be built right next to the arena.… And a grassy lawn is, of course, a lot nicer to look down on than a white expanse plastered with a giant Barclays logo.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the new roof includes a practical consideration. It will muffle noise from loud concerts—a serious boon for the venue's current and future neighbors, though not the driving force behind the dome's green feature. Noise complaints haven't been a huge issue for Barclays (cough, Rough Trade, cough), but certain concerts cause more problems than others; a Swedish House Mafia show last year cost the venue $3,200 in fines.

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