Set to become the temporary-tallest residential building in Downtown Brooklyn, and ranking 28th among the 30 tallest skyscrapers currently under construction across the Five Boroughs, Extell’s Brooklyn Point, aka 138 Willoughby Street, has now surpassed the halfway mark in its rise. The upcoming 720-foot-tall tower is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, with SLCE Architects serving as the architect of record. Interiors are being designed by Katherine Newman, while the landscaping of the private outdoor spaces is being carried out by MNLA.
The bottom podium floors show the facade partially in place with a thin blue film that covers and temporarily protects the curtain wall during the construction phase. This is similar to what is bring seen on every single pane of glass being installed on Central Park Tower, currently Extell’s tallest residential project and soon to be the tallest in all of New York City by roof height.
Above the podium, more exterior panels have been installed on the elevations facing Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby street. Reading the profile of the tower from afar, staggered white columns separate the windows on every floor up to the sloped roof. This gives it a distinct pattern that sets itself apart from the previous residential buildings of City Point on the southern end of the property. All three of its towers will share the shopping mall and underground food hall (Dekalb Market Hall) with access to the DeKalb subway station on the B, Q and R train provided along Flatbush Avenue.
Extell’s pace setting for height has only continued with Brooklyn Point. From One57 along Billionaire’s Row, to One Manhattan Square on the Lower East Side and 555Ten by the Port Authority, the firm’s projects always seem to become catalysts for additional new buildings in the vicinity. Downtown Brooklyn should mirror trends in the aforementioned neighborhoods with the impending rise of 9 DeKalb Avenue. Although significantly taller than Extell’s project, Brooklyn Point will still have a unique salt-water infinity pool on the roof looking towards Manhattan and the sunsets, the highest in the Western Hemisphere.
Topping off will likely occur in mid-2019 while full completion of Brooklyn Point is expected sometime in 2020.