Vanderbilt Tower Tops Out First at Pacific Park, Brooklyn’s Biggest Mega Project

Looking up at the west facade.

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    Construction is proceeding at a rapid pace at Greenland Forest City Partners’ 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, part of the massive Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development.

    You may have thought the modular tower known as B2 or 461 Dean Street would have already reached its full height by now, since it was the first building to break ground, back in 2012, but in fact that honor goes to the market-rate tower at 550 Vanderbilt.

    Designed by COOKFOX Architects, it embraces the company’s principles of biophilia and materials that are tied to neighborhood context. In more simple language, that means large windows will afford ample daylighting and expansive views of Brooklyn and beyond, with flowering planters at the sill.

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    Looking up at the west facade.

    And the facade will be made of brick and limestone, echoing the neighborhood’s predominantly brick structures. Those materials are now marching up the 17-story facade.

    Interestingly, they come in the form of precast panels. The limestone ones are chamfered, or angled, as you can see in the photos below.

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    Close up of the precast brick panel facade at the west elevation.

    The panels are formed offsite as full-floor units that can be installed quickly — similar to the ubiquitous glass curtain wall panels. Scaffolding is no longer needed for onsite brick laying, another advantage of the precast panels.

    Inside, the tower holds 278 condo units, ranging from studios to four bedrooms including two-story residences, maisonettes, and penthouses. Residences will feature high end touches like Carrara marble countertops, Grohe fixtures, and Miele appliances.

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    Close up of the precast brick panel facade from the sixth floor.

    A large assortment of amenities will serve residents and are planned with the biophilic principles found throughout the tower. A ground floor library overlooks the eight acre park to the west, providing residents with a connection to nature as the backdrop for the space.

    The eighth floor outdoor terrace at the tower’s lower, southern region will feature a dining alcove, outdoor kitchen, and communal garden with the city skyline beyond.

    Condo sales started last year, and construction is expected to wrap this year.

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    Precast brick panels await installation on site.

    As 550 Vanderbilt progresses towards completion, its biophilic design approach and facade materials signals the introduction of variety to the Pacific Park master plan. This should help the development feel more organic than the typical homogenous mega project.

    The touches of greenery recall the green roof at nearby Barclays Center, also part of the 22-acre Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards complex.

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    Close up of the precast limestone panels on the west facade.

    The tower at 550 Vanderbilt Avenue is one of six buildings now under construction at the complex. So far, 17 buildings are planned in total.

    Greenland Forest City Partners is developing 15 of them.

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    Precast limestone panels await installation on site.

    COOKFOX, known for environmentally aware projects, is also designing another tower in the complex, the 100 percent affordable rental apartments at 535 Carlton Avenue. That too will have touches of greenery cascading down the facade.

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    Looking up from the southwest terrace at the eighth floor.

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    Looking west from the penthouse terrace towards the other towers of Pacific Park.

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    The view north from the penthouse towards Clinton Hill and Midtown Manhattan.

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    The view east from the penthouse towards Prospect Heights and beyond.

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    Northeast corner from Vanderbilt Avenue.

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    Looking up at the east facade.

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    Southeast corner from Vanderbilt Avenue.

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    Southeast corner from Dean Street.

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    Precast brick panels going up on the south facade.

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    Precast brick panels going up on the south facade.

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    Looking up at the south facade.

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    Southwest corner from Dean Street.

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    Entrance of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue. Rendering by COOKFOX.

    [Photos: Field Condition]

    For more by Field Condition, a photo blog covering new developments across the five boroughs, visit Field Condition.

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