The Brooklyn Tower’s Façade Continues Ascent at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue. Rendering by SHoP Architects

Work is continuing on the topped-out Brooklyn Tower, a 1,066-foot residential supertall at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn and number six on our December countdown. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the 93-story tower holds the title of the tallest structure in the Outer Boroughs and will yield a total of 550 residences, with 150 for purchase, as well as a 100,000-square-foot retail podium bound by Flatbush Avenue Extension to the northeast, Fleet Street to the northwest, and DeKalb Avenue to the south. The Brooklyn Tower complex also includes the refurbishing and repurposing of the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, which is being incorporated into the podium. Douglas Elliman is serving as the exclusive marketing, sales, and leasing agent. Thirty percent of rentals are designated as affordable housing units, and residences for purchase start over 500 feet above street level.

At the time of our last update in late October, the Brooklyn Tower’s superstructure had just topped out. Since then, work has continued on the concrete at the hexagonal crown as the stainless steel and aluminum façade continues to climb higher toward the pinnacle.

The Brooklyn Tower. Rendering by Binyan Studios.

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Brooklyn Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Below is a rendering that depicts the final appearance of The Brooklyn Tower looking north on Flatbush Avenue. Around the crown and final floors are thin bands of lights, along with the strips of the dark façade at each corner that extend beyond the roof parapet, further emphasizing the building’s verticality.

The Brooklyn Tower. Designed by SHoP Architects.

New renderings by Gabriel Saunders have been recently released depicting residential interiors that are being designed in a collaboration between AD 100 Gachot Studios and SHoP Architects.

“We were inspired by The Brooklyn Tower’s architecture and the adjoining historic savings bank,” said Christine Gachot, principal of Gachot Studios. “It was a priority for us to translate the vast, monumental forms of the exterior architecture down to a livable human scale and honor the iconic and elegant profile of the building. The design of each residence provides a calm, comfortable backdrop from the unmatched New York views.”

Some of the highlights include wood entry doors in a mahogany finish with brass entry hardware and wireless Salto locks, brass sconces, stone shelves, Absolute Black granite entry portal, and white oak floors throughout each home. The kitchens come with bronze metal finishes, bronzed panels, and bronze mirrors with trim details. Bathrooms feature custom Bianco Dolomiti custom hexagonal mosaic floors in shower, Breccia Capraia custom wall tile and slabs, custom mirrors, and medicine cabinets with integrated fluted glass sconces.

Each unit will feature a fully integrated suite of Miele appliances including a refrigerator, gas cooktop with fully vented range hood, convection oven, dishwasher, speed oven, wine refrigerator, and washer and dryer. Residences for sale include ceiling heights of up to 11 feet tall and large floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal natural daylight exposure.

Rendering by Gabriel Saunders.

A kitchen. Rendering by Gabriel Saunders.

A living Room. Rendering by Gabriel Saunders.

A master bathroom. Rendering by Gabriel Saunders.

A master bedroom. Rendering by Gabriel Saunders.

The lower levels of the building will yield over 100,000 square feet of amenities including a fitness center with an elevated outdoor loggia and recreational space. Amenity interiors are being designed by Krista Ninivaggi of Woods Bagot, and HMWhite is the landscape architect.

The Brooklyn Tower is anticipated to launch residences for sale in early 2022, residences for lease mid-2022, and open for occupancy in late 2022.

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12 Comments on "The Brooklyn Tower’s Façade Continues Ascent at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | December 26, 2021 at 8:23 am | Reply

    Your photos were both lifting beautiful facade, and supertall design. By the time its progress got to be new structured, being as it was that tall it did constructed: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. The Brooklyn Tower might be the most significant building under construction in New York. Not only is it an architectural masterpiece, it serves as a role model for the ever-expanding urbanization of Brooklyn and the outer buroughs. It truly is “The Brooklyn Tower.”

    • Agree absolutely. One for posterity for sure. SHoP Architect’s response to the design brief is magnificent as is the incorporation of the landmarked Dime Savings Bank at the base.

    • Masterpiece? Haha. No. It is so ugly.
      Brooklyn Tower is a symbol of how real estate is focusing on the rich white hipster 30-50 year old people who now choose Brooklyn over Manhattan.
      Brooklyn was the suburban area where the working class used to live. Now it’s filled with so many fake rich wannabes it’s the new SOHO. No thanks.

  3. The last real-life photo is stunning.

  4. So what

    BIG DEAL

    What is the purpose n for whom
    Not for the real people who need Affordable Housing
    More unnecessary unafforable
    .Same B—s–t

    • As per the text description, the development includes a total of 550 residences of which 150 are for purchase which leaves 400 to rent. It goes on to state that 30% of the rentals are designated affordable which means 140 units will be affordable. Effectively, 150 owners and 260 renters will be subsidizing 140 units at below-market rental rates and will knowingly do so.

      • First, 30% of 400 is actually only 120 units, not 140 units of affordable housing. Secondly, these allegedly “affordable” units always seem to rent for something in the neighborhood of 130% to 150% of area median income, which actually makes them unaffordable. It is all a scam so that developers can go over the allotted zoning and build more units. These buildings always ensure that the “haves” always get more, and everybody else is left out in the cold. Glenn in Brooklyn, NY.

        • Thank you for identifying the typo in the number of units designated as affordable. Unless it can be shown to be otherwise in the case of this specific development, in general, New York City defines affordable housing as that which costs roughly one-third or less of a household’s income. In order to meet be eligibility requirements, household income has to be in a specific range for each affordable housing opportunity. It needs to be borne in mind that for affordable housing to come into existence and continue to exist, it has to be subsidized by some entity or other.

      • What’s the rent going to be for the “affordable” units?

  5. I’m tired of these tall buildings being built in Brooklyn. Brooklyn was a nice quiet area. With Brownstones and regular sized buildings. Now we are over crowded and my sunlight is gone. Thank you so much gentrification

  6. Please kindly send me the informations on how to apply for the apartments .

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