In what is something of a surprise, the facade of Barclays Center is to be illuminated by multi-colored LED lights set in between the body of the arena building and the metal shell designed by SHoP Architects. The lights will shine from each of the slots in the rusted steel exterior. The colors of the lights are variable. So far we have witnessed purple, white, green and blue being tested.
A model at a presentation in 2009 by SHoP and Ellerbe Beckett, the joint architects of the arena showed illumination from most of the slots. Since that time some images of the arena have shown lights coming from the slots. However it was unclear they were LED lights. Rather the lights appeared to be coming from interior windows, increasing the illusion of transparency of the arena facade. There are not windows for much of the facade. No images found online of the arena show the slots with colors.
As is apparent in the photo to the right, there are variations in the colors of the lights within the different color spectrums. The violet is muted and is a delicate range from blue to red. Other colors as tested have been stronger. It is unclear if the color of the lights will be stable for fixed periods, or will fluctuate over the course of a night.
So far, the timing and programming of the lights in the oculus has been part of public arena operations presentations, but not the lights that illuminate the building apparently from all sides. It is feasible the effect will be aesthetically pleasing, but no information about this long-planned feature of the building has been provided neighboring communities.
Below are slide shows by photographer Tracy Collins of the lights being tested on Dean Street.
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