Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner will build the world’s tallest pre-fabricated tower as the first residential building inside his mega-project, dealing a blow to labor unions and architecture enthusiasts, but jumpstarting his stalled development.
Renderings released by SHoP Architects today show a 33-story residential tower at the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue, just south of the under-construction Barclays Center.
Construction is expected to begin next year, Ratner said.
Pre-fabricated buildings are controversial because they require far less labor than from-scratch construction. Labor unions were main supporters of Ratner during the approval process for the 16-ower project in 2006, but have signaled that they would oppose a pre-fabricated building.
Two more pre-fab buildings — one even taller than the first — will follow, Ratner said.
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