At Tuesday’s groundbreaking of B2, the first 32-story residential tower to be built at Atlantic YardsÂ in Brooklyn, New Yorkers got a sneak peek at how the worldâ€™s tallest modular building will be constructed. Just beyond the podium stood what officials call the â€œchassis,â€ a steel framed box that makes up an essential structural element of the building. â€œYou donâ€™t need to compromise on design when it comes to modular,â€ said Developer Bruce Ratner.
On Wednesday, Forest City Ratner made it official: the world’s tallest prefabricated building will be coming to Brooklyn with a groundbreaking date set for December 18. As AN outlined in our recent feature on Atlantic Yards, the SHoP Architects-designed B2 Tower will climb, modular unit by modular unit, 32 stories on a slender wedge-shaped parcel adjacent to the new Barclays Center on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.
Renderings released with the groundbreaking announcement also revealed design revisions to the B2 Tower since it was unveiled in November 2011, and Chris Sharples, principal at SHoP, told AN what’s new.