SHoP Architects designs modular residential complex as part of Barclays Center site
Currently under construction, B2 will be the first of the three residential towers to rise on the Barclays Center site. Composed of 350 residential units, it will employ a unique architectural and structural design approach; B2 will be the tallest building in the country to be constructed using modular construction.
A number of great American architects and engineers, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Thomas Edison and Buckminster Fuller, embraced this innovative and revolutionary concept for housing; this project will be taking the prefabricated modular approach to a new scale. The modular construction method will have many benefits to the design and building of B2.
One of the benefits of going modular is in maintaining a high quality of construction throughout the build process. All the modules will be constructed on the ground in a factory, this will allow the build team to assemble all aspects of the design from the structure, fire proofing, facade, interior finishes and appliances and fixtures before being shipped to the building site. Each module will arrive as a fully completed assembly.
Because the 'mods' are fully wrapped and weather sealed before arriving to the site they will be free from damage from the elements. Modular construction creates less material waste during fabrication and shorter construction time in comparison to conventional on-site construction. Though the individual modules are standardised in size, the room dimensions can be varied - two modules can be combined to form one larger living space.
Interior spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, and facade details can be designed using a variety of different materials and finishes. For the design and build team, modular has offered an opportunity to address the city's demand for more affordable housing and provides a unique opportunity to pioneer a type of high-rise residential that is both innovative and sustainable.