Largest modular high-rise – post about recent groundbreaking in Brooklyn for what will be the world’s largest pre-fabricated building. The 32-storey / 363-apartment structure is the first of a planned 15. Designed by SHoP Architects (also image source). As quoted from the New York Times:
…next spring, 125 workers at the factory in Building 293 at the [Brooklyn] Navy Yard will begin churning out 930 modules — typically 14 feet wide, 35 feet long and 10 feet tall — equipped with floors, walls, electric lines, plumbing, kitchens, toilets, exterior facades and even towel racks.
But the thing about modular construction is, there’s a little bit less work to go around. It’s simply cheaper to prefabricate the apartments than to build them one by one many stories off the ground. …
The need for density, efficiency, and scale in housing has never been greater. New York has been driving no little innovation on this front, with the mayor’s micro-housing initiative, for example. The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has been repackaging density in some equally interesting ways. If modular high-rise works out – if the cost savings are real, the engineering is proven and the construction labor issues are reconciled – it will be a potentially historic moment in adding to this mix.