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Brooklyn takes it tall

Niki
Monday 15 Feb 2010

Toren completes adding to new heights for New York borough

A year later than expected but worth waiting for, Toren Tower in Downtown Brooklyn, New York is now open to occupants. The 38 storey residential condominium tower holds 240 units and is a dramatic addition within its context, one of four new buildings at corners of the Myrtle Avenue/Flatbrush Avenue junction in the regenerating district.

Myrtle Avenue is one of many run down streets in Brooklyn but the additions of Toren Tower and its corner companions are just a few of many developments set to reinvent the area as a cosmopolitan metropolis. As such, Toren is the one of the tallest buildings in the immediate area by far, reaching 399 ft in height. Within the tower the 240 unique units will offer homes ranging from studios at 442 sq ft to super-lux penthouses ranging up to 1,927 sq ft. The top eight floors of the tower will offer eight one-bedroom, penthouse units, and 24 duplexpenthouse units of two- and three- bedrooms, featuring two-storey living rooms andspectacular views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Other features include a multi-level roof garden, outdoor screening area, a fitness center with swimming pool and sauna, a library/lounge; two-level parking garage and retail space at street level. With unit prices start from the mid-$300s through $1.7 million the Toren joins the likes of nearby BellTel Lofts, with units in the converted Art Deco landmark reaching up to $8 million on resale.

Originally set for completion in April 2009 Toren, the Dutch word for tower, is still to receive its final touches, but once complete it is hoped that the SOM-designed tower will be a pillar of sustainability as well as style, striving to achieve Gold LEED-certification. A cogeneration plant within the building will generate both heat and power for the entire building and cost less than traditional methods.

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