The Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders was designed by SHoP Architects and Ellerbe Becket (now part of AECOM). The signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics were designed in collaboration with the architects by Michael Bierut and team from Pentagram since 2006, to compliment the building’s steel framework, creating an easy-to-use navigation.
The over 2,300 signs are made with a custom-made font that would work in an athletic context. The family of fonts (named ‘Brooklyn’) was designed by Chester Jenkins, and they are now available to the public.
For the signage inside the building, they used a newly developed powder-coated aluminum that is the color and finish of the steel bands outside.
As part of the center’s arts program, there are mural-sized historical photographs of the early-twentieth century African-American men’s and women’s basketball clubs that represented most major American cities prior to the racial integration of the National Basketball League and National Basketball Association, the Brooklyn teams of the Black Fives.
It also includes large-scale installations of works by local artists Mickalene Thomas, OpenEndedGroup (featuring visualizations of the choreography of Bill T. Jones), José Parlá, and more.
Building Brooklyn Award for Economic Development – Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, 2013
Building of the Year – Architizer, 2013
Award of Merit – AIA New York State, 2013
Neighborhood Catalyst – MASterworks Awards, 2013