9 DeKalb Avenue’s Superstructure Soars Past Halfway Mark in Downtown Brooklyn


Construction has passed the halfway mark on 9 DeKalb Avenue, a 73-story residential skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn and the Outer Boroughs’ first supertall at 1,066 feet tall. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the tower will soon eclipse the 720-foot-tall architectural height of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Brooklyn Point to secure the title of the tallest building in Brooklyn. 9 DeKalb Avenue will yield a total of 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums.

Recent photos show the reinforced concrete superstructure standing nearly twice as tall as it was at the time of our last update in late December. Also since then, a great deal of the façade has been installed on the perimeter of the hexagonal floor plates, giving an impression of the final appearance of the curtain wall. The floor-to-ceiling glass and sleek vertical strips of stainless steel and aluminum serve to emphasize the verticality of both the envelope and the sheer height of SHoP’s design.

Crews have passed the first set of concrete outrigger floors above the podium that are designed to bring together the core and shell of the tower at several key points.

This critical structural component will be repeated two more times: one around the two-thirds mark of the superstructure, and the second several floors below the final building setbacks and crown. This is depicted in the skeletal rendering of the reinforced concrete superstructure below.


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