BAM South park rendering is hilarious!!
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    "It looks too good to be true, and it is.

    New renderings of the planned public plaza at the base of the BAM
    South tower that is slated to rise on Flatbush Avenue show a rooftop
    garden at the point of the triangular park with an expansive view of a
    Manhattan-like skyline. The trouble is, the swath of skyscrapers in the
    mock-up stands where low-slung Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill
    should be. And though a glimpse of the ocean appears on the horizon in
    the rendering, the three-story height of the plaza at Lafayette Avenue
    would mean the view would be obstructed by Atlantic Terminal Mall, the
    Barclays Center, and the hill that carries Flatbush Avenue up to Grand
    Army Plaza.

    The landscape architect behind the depiction said it was always meant to be taken as pure fantasy.

    “It’s just a rendering,” said Runit Chhaya, principal of Grain
    Collective, the landscape architecture firm designing the outdoor space.
    “It’s not intended to be anything close to reality.”

    He can say that again. Also making an appearance in the rendering is a
    park-goer taking in the sights and smells of the verdant green-space.
    The trouble is that the vegetation roof covering the park would be
    closed to the public, and to residents of the planned 32-story tower.

    The butterfly flitting through the scene might strike viewers as
    another obvious put-on, but apart from the neighboring Williamsburgh
    Savings Bank tower and the park itself, it is actually the only piece of
    the composition that Chhaya allows is not a fabrication.

    “The bigger idea is to create a pollinator garden to attract bees and
    butterflies,” Chhaya said. “In the middle of an intense, dense concrete
    jungle you’ll have this little ecological center.”

    The part of the plaza that is supposed to be open to the public is
    meant to evoke the Spanish Steps in Rome, and double as an outdoor
    amphitheater for film screenings or performances, Chhaya said. The
    expanse is meant to complement the community area inside the residential
    building, as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music across the street
    and the other venues in the area dubbed the Brooklyn Cultural District.

    “We wanted to make a piece that celebrates the cultural institutions in the area,” he said.

    The building component of the BAM South project is a $135-million,
    390-unit apartment building designed by the Mexican architecture firm
    Ten Arquitectos. It is slated to include a new public library and retail
    space in addition to the housing and cultural center. Construction is
    set to wrap up in 2016.

    As for the park, even the detailed diagrams of its layout and
    features published by Chhaya’s firm are far from set in stone, he said.

    “We’re at a very conceptual stage,” Chhaya said. “Sometimes these renderings provide a flavor, but are not super-realistic.”

    This certainly isn’t the first time an artist has taken liberties
    with building plans. Just three weeks ago, New York University released
    updated illustrations of its planned overhaul of the former New York
    City Transit building Downtown, revealing that a set published in 2012 showing a gleaming edifice were never seriously considered.

  • Why not throw in the Eiffel Tower as well, then. After all it is not supposed to be super-realistic.

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