The Cohn Pedersen Fox Stadium, one of the key developments in the Hudson Yards city plan, has met with fierce resistance from local residents in its original design. The huge building, in their opinion, will create problems with transport links in the area, block the view of the river and, with its power, make all the surrounding buildings invisible and insignificant.
In this regard, the bureau changed the project, which became smaller and "quieter". The architects tried to make it as invisible as possible by using translucent glass for the facade. The new design, they said, reflects the area's modest scale and complex structure, while the rejected option was inspired by its industrial site's past. The outer walls resemble a veil thrown over the volume of the arena from above, not reaching ground level and slightly gathered over the entrances.
The height of the stadium has been reduced by 40%, and a huge LCD monitor on the east facade designed by designer Bruce Mau is intended to emphasize the horizontal structure of the building.
Despite the measures taken, members of the public are not satisfied with the changes. The future of the project will be decided in court.