Brooklyn, NY, or more precisely 461 Dean Street, is now the site of the tallest modular tower in the world according to the company that built it. It’s also apparently the only modular tower of its kind in the world. It was designed by the firm SHoP Architects, and envisioned by project developer Forest City Ratner Companies. They also expect the building to be awarded the LEED Silver certification.
The tower has 32 stories and is 359 ft (109 m) tall. It was constructed out of 930 modules, which were made off-site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The foundation of the tower and the lowest levels were made in the conventional manner, but everything upwards of the second floor is modular. The modules used were delivered to the build site complete with kitchens, bathrooms and all the appliances. The only thing added in situ was the wooden flooring.
The tower is comprised of 149 studios, 166 one-bedroom apartments and 48 two-bedroom apartments, while the building also has a round the clock doorman, a gym with a yoga and dance studio, as well as a rooftop terrace, a sky-lounge, a playroom for children, and a games room. The building also houses 4,000 sq ft (372 sq m) of retail space on the ground floor.
The apartments are well-sized and feature a modern layout. They are fitted with wall-hung vanity units, and closets, while they also feature Caesarstone countertops, stone backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. The large windows offer great views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The building also features a bright, colorful façade.
Being modular the building process produced very little waste, and it was also constructed much faster. The Studios can be rented for $2,450 per month and up, one-bedroom apartments for $3,125 and two-bedroom apartments for $4,750.