Barclay’s Arena Rusted-Out Look Not a Huge Hit With Everyone

What weathering steel looks like up close.

Now that the finishes touches are being put on Barclay’s Arena, it has become apparent to neighbors and passers-by that the building will not be getting a coat of paint to cover its rusty exterior. Because it’s supposed to be that way. While this is old news to most neighborhood opponents—who zealously perused construction designs—it has surprised some others.

“I thought they were going to paint it,” commented one man to The New York Times, which has a story about the structure’s rusty surface.

After all, wasn’t the whole eminent domain claim based on the idea that the arena would eliminate blight?

“Weathering steel” or Cor-Ten, as it is sometimes called, is intended to create a rusted coating that protects the panels. According to SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli, the 12,000 steel pieces that make up the building’s exterior shell were pre-weathered, going through more than a dozen wet-and-dry cycles a day for four months.

The pre-weathering process should limit the arena’s rust drippings, which have been known to stain sidewalks and sometimes t-shirts, according to Forest City Ratner executive V.P. and director Robert Sanna.

“This should keep it to a minimum, and you won’t have to worry that it will stain your sweater as you walk by,” Mr. Sanna told The Times.

The warm brown coloring is lovely, but the possibility of being caught by rusted rain will probably not thrill the neighbors who never wanted it the arena there in the first place.

Barclay’s Arena Rusted-Out Look Not a Huge Hit With Everyone