Atlantic Yards: B2 Bklyn / SHoP Architects

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SHoP Architects has shared with us the B2 Bklyn building which will be the first of the residential developments for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York to break ground, scheduled for 2012. Standing at 32 storeys, it will be the world’s tallest pre-fab building, saving both on cost and waste.

More after the break.

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The final articulation of the volumes were developed by addressing the requirements of the Design Guidelines established by the Empire State Development Corporation through a series of setbacks. The buildings present a variety of colors, materials and fabrication techniques, creating an assortment of patterns and textures on Brooklyn’s skyline. The residential buildings are integrated with shopping and storefronts at ground level, in hopes of creating an inviting streetscape. (via SHoP Architects)

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The pre-fabricated method of construction will help reduce on-site waste, noise and pollution during the construction phase of the project, which is an environmental benefit to the residents nearby and construction workers that will work in a controlled factory setting. However, NY Curbed weighs the consequences of this chosen method of construction, citing the loss of high-paying construction jobs that were promised by the building plan in 2006, reducing 170,000 jobs to a mere 190. The consequences of pre-fab construction pose a substantial debate: modular options cost 15-20% less than traditional construction, produces 70-90% less waste and consumes 67% less energy.

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Atlantic Yards has been in development for a number of years now. The redevelopment includes 22-acres of Downtown Brooklyn between Flatbush Ave, Fourth Ave, Vanderbuilt Ave and Dean St, by Forest City Ratner Companies. It will include 6 million sf of residential space, an entertainment arena, Barclays Center, 247,000 sf of retail use, 336,000 sf of office space and 8 acres of publically accessible open space. The plan, which was designed by Frank Gehry, will also include the expansion of the Atlantic Terminal Transit Hub and a new maintanence and storage facility for the LIRR.

via SHoP Architects and NY Curbed

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Atlantic Yards: B2 Bklyn / SHoP Architects" 27 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • David in Astoria

    Thank Gravy there won’t be balconies on these buildings.
    Not only are the collection spots for hoarders but occasional wind storms tend to clean them out a little too well. I never actually see anyone on a balcony.
    Keep your rented space indoors.

  • Tim

    Well that’s disappointing. What happened to SHOP? I realize it’s prefab but does it have to look so soul crushingly prefab?

    They should have at least played with the grid like Nouvel’s building in NYC or something.

    • ygogolak

      This is cleaner, the Nouvel building is way to busy.

  • Sean

    Hey, see what generic architecture in boxes does? The tallest tower of this project is almost similar to Ole Schereen’s KL Project. The proportions are dissimilar that’s all!

  • Carol

    Knowing this site up close and all the controversy, hijacking of the democratic process, environmental review gone sour, Land Use “work around”, abuse/threat of Eminent Domain, hard to calculate hundreds of millions in taxpayer money handed over, and many, many bait-n-switches (not to mention Gehry pulling out), you would think the first set of towers could look better than this.

    The Toren on Flatbush not far and a number of other recent buildings across NYC put this cluster of drek to shame. I thought they were named SHoP, not SLoP.

    There’s really no excuse. And a large part of the community is up in arms around this. Since the project started up, traffic has been horrendous. Note the lack of cars, trucks and buses in the renderings. It’s one thing to sweeten up the images…but this area has wall-to-wall traffic much of the time. And the sidewalks are mobbed with crowds already at times.

    Can’t wait to see the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street subway stations, platforms and corridors if they manage to build to THAT density! The street traffic will skyrocket too once the arena is open. Let’s hope any tenants/condo owners of the proposed towers will be car-free but I doubt it.

    Can’t say enough about this lousy design and the project as a whole. Greed, greed and more greed.

  • randomfischer

    Simplify, simplify, simplify. Looks like it was designed by a committee.

  • JayM

    I think this kind of stacked boxes architecture would look much better if there were even slight accents and exceptions to the the monotonous grid inside the boxes. And of course it would be even better if it had interesting programmatic mixture: areas for vegetation, public terraces and public spaces on the upper floors etc. Pre-fab architecture is not bound to look boring if it is designed well.

    I like Shop’s version much more than Gehry’s mess, but I think it should be designed further to be a success. As it is, this project seems to be much more about maximizing the developer’s profit than adding something positive to the community. Mono-functional buildings seldom create pleasant cityscape. A touch of Unity plan and a spoonful of Gehry-lite to spice up would be nice.

    • Joe

      Which Gehry scheme are you talking about? I think the people who criticize Gehry usually do it because they basically don’t like his forms, or get overwhelmed with his formal language that they do not bother to take a look at the functional or other non-formal architectural propositions carefully. Gehry scheme had a great mixture of indoor-outdoor space. Created many semi open public spaces both outdoors and indoors and really carefully choreographed a sequence of access. The roof of the arena was a large park accessed by the residents of the developent, not to mention the park that was proposed on the eastern end of the site. I cannot see any of that in this proposal. This is a corporate money making scheme and Shop is in it for the business. The are innovating absolutely nothing, and they should be aware that creating a grasshopper facade for the arena doesn’t really cut it.

  • tetsu 1

    that’s beautiful, that’s great…that’s Mecanoo’s
    Montevideo -.-’

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