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World’s tallest modular tower opens in Brooklyn

World’s tallest modular tower ...
461 Dean was designed by SHoP Architects
461 Dean was designed by SHoP Architects
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461 Dean was designed by SHoP Architects
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461 Dean was designed by SHoP Architects
461 Dean comprises 930 prefabricated modules
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461 Dean comprises 930 prefabricated modules
461 Dean is modular from the third level and above
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461 Dean is modular from the third level and above
461 Dean has 32 floors
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461 Dean has 32 floors
461 Dean is 359-ft (109-m) tall
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461 Dean is 359-ft (109-m) tall
The modular approach for constructing 461 Dean is said to be efficient, cost-effective and sustainable
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The modular approach for constructing 461 Dean is said to be efficient, cost-effective and sustainable
461 Dean has a multi-colored metal façade
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461 Dean has a multi-colored metal façade
461 Dean is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification
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461 Dean is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification
461 Dean is part of the new 22-acre mixed-use Pacific Park Brooklyn development
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461 Dean is part of the new 22-acre mixed-use Pacific Park Brooklyn development
461 Dean is adjacent to the Barclays Center
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461 Dean is adjacent to the Barclays Center
There are 149 studio apartments at 461 Dean
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There are 149 studio apartments at 461 Dean
There are 166 one-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean
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There are 166 one-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean
Studio apartments at 461 Dean start at $2,450
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Studio apartments at 461 Dean start at $2,450
One-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean start at $3,125
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One-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean start at $3,125
The apartments at 461 Dean are said to be generously-sized and well-proportioned
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The apartments at 461 Dean are said to be generously-sized and well-proportioned
The apartments at 461 Dean feature Caesarstone countertops, stone backsplashes and stainless steel appliances
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The apartments at 461 Dean feature Caesarstone countertops, stone backsplashes and stainless steel appliances
The apartments at 461 Dean are said to be generously-sized and well-proportioned
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The apartments at 461 Dean are said to be generously-sized and well-proportioned
Two-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean start at $4,750
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Two-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean start at $4,750
There are 48 two-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean
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There are 48 two-bedroom apartments at 461 Dean
461 Dean features wall-hung vanity units, closets and toilets
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461 Dean features wall-hung vanity units, closets and toilets
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What is claimed to be the tallest modular tower and the only modular residential high-rise in the world opened last week in Brooklyn, New York. The 32-story, 359-ft (109-m) tall building at 461 Dean Street is made up of 930 modules, each of which were constructed off-site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The foundations and lower levels of 461 Dean were constructed conventionally. However, everything above its second floor is made up of modules that were delivered to the site complete with kitchens and appliances. Only wooden flooring was added in situ.

This approach is said to be efficient, cost-effective and sustainable, with both waste and the amount of time required for on-site construction are minimized. It does, however, mean that the shape, size and features of the modules are dictated by what can be fabricated and transported to the site.

At 461 Dean, this is said to be reflected in generously-sized and well-proportioned apartments, with wall-hung vanity units, closets and toilets. Among the other features are Caesarstone countertops, stone backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. Oversized frameless windows, meanwhile, provide views of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

461 Dean is adjacent to the Barclays Center
461 Dean is adjacent to the Barclays Center

The building was designed by SHoP Architects, which also designed the adjacent Barclays Center. It houses 149 studios, 166 one-bedroom apartments and 48 two-bedroom apartments. Residents benefit from a 24-hour doorman, a fitness center, a yoga and dance studio, a sky-lounge and rooftop terrace, a games room and a children's playroom. There are also good public transport links, as well as nearby cultural and nightlife destinations.

Aside from its apartments, the building has 4,000 sq ft (372 sq m) of retail space on the ground floor and a multi-colored metal façade. In addition, project developer Forest City Ratner Companies says it expects the building to achieve LEED Silver certification, which would recognize the building as having been planned, constructed, maintained and operated in an environmentally-friendly manner.

There are 149 studio apartments at 461 Dean
There are 149 studio apartments at 461 Dean

461 Dean is the first residential building to open at the new 22-ac (9-ha) mixed-use Pacific Park Brooklyn development. It is part of 6 million sq ft (560,000 sq m) of residential space and 6,430 housing units that will be situated on the site when complete.

Studios at 461 Dean can be rented starting at US$2,450 per month, one-bedroom apartments at $3,125 and two-bedroom apartments at $4,750.

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2 comments
MartinVoelker
"dictated by what can be fabricated and transported to the site." Which also means that this would be a perfect blueprint for waterfront developments where modules can be barged in.
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Modular architecture is an impressive innovation, but this particular project was best by bad engineering that caused the pieces to fit together poorly, which in turn allowed for extensive water damage as soon as it rained, which in turn caused massive cost and schedule overruns. But none of that easy to google information is going to be evident when you just publish whatever press release they give you.