Skyscrapers are on the march and they’re coming to the New York borough of Brooklyn.
The 324-metre, 73-storey mixed-use building known as 9 DeKalb Avenue has been approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
It will be Brooklyn’s first tower taller than 300 metres – or 1000 feet, on the non-metric scale. It will also be twice the height of any other building in the neighbourhood, even though dozens of towers have been built in downtown Brooklyn in the past decade.
Designed by SHoP Architects, 9 DeKalb will will rise in a tapering, hexagonal shape clad in bronze and black metal fins. Despite its name, the building’s address is Flatbush Avenue.
High-rise buildings around the world are getting taller and thinner – and more rapidly. Until two years ago, only four buildings in New York City surpassed the 300-metre mark. Now there are twice as many, with more than two dozen others under construction or in the planning stages.
The Brooklyn tower is being built by JDS Development Group and the Chetrit Group and includes retail and office space as well as around 500 residential units.
The design was inspired in part by the neighbouring Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, a city landmark on which a portion of the tower will be built. The inclusion of the 1908 bank also affords the project roughly 27,000 square metres of air rights.
Because of this integration, the developers needed city approval to alter the bank, which will house new shops. The commission approved the addition unanimously, though it raised some minor concerns about removing historic teller booths from the bank.
“To me, this project is enlightened urbanism at its best, where old and new are combined, where short and tall are combined in juxtaposition,” Frederick Bland, a landmarks commissioner, said during a hearing at the Municipal Building.
Construction is expected to begin next year, according to The Skyscraper Center.
With The New York Times