Façade Installation Begins on SHoP’s 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn

9 DeKalb Avenue. Rendering by SHoP Architects

Curtain wall installation has begun on 9 DeKalb Avenue, soon to be the outer boroughs’ tallest building at 1,066 feet tall and number six on YIMBY’s construction countdown. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the 73-story Downtown Brooklyn residential skyscraper will become the first New York City supertall outside of Manhattan and will yield 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums.

Recent photos show the state of progress at the site, which is located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Fleet Street. Since our last update in early November, the first curtain wall panels have been installed on the lower floors of the steadily rising reinforced concrete superstructure.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Closeup shots reveal the details in the curtain wall, which is composed of floor-to-ceiling glass, stainless steel, and aluminum. The tower’s distinctive hexagonal outline is also becoming more apparent as more floors are created. The massing features some subtle setbacks at various levels across all six sides, ultimately culminating in a tall crown with vertically extruded beams that accentuate the building’s slender figure and verticality. The façade’s combination of glass and metallic paneling helps reflect sunlight, further enhancing its impact.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

At the uppermost floors, construction crews can be seen working between the translucent safety cocoon netting and tall sections of newly tied and inserted steel rebar along the edges of the floor plates. Judging by its position in relation to the surrounding structures, its looks like progress has reached one set of mechanical floors, which typically take longer to construct due to their greater number of walls and their use as an outrigger to bring together the concrete core and perimeter columns. There will likely be another mechanical section around two thirds of the way up, below the final set of residential stories.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY last reported that 9 DeKalb Avenue is anticipated to be finished around 2022.

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21 Comments on "Façade Installation Begins on SHoP’s 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn"

  1. Oh yes! It’s the beautiful 9 DeKalb Avenue. Yet again, my excitement for it continues to rise–now with some of the curtain wall has been installed. Obviously, this paints a pretty good picture of how the entire building will be clad in, and it looks absolutely stunning. If this is how 9 DeKalb Avenue will look like curtain wall-wise, I cannot wait. The building isn’t half way done, and my impression on it is already superb. What a great skyscraper.

  2. That facade is gorgeous, really excited to see how this one turns out.

  3. Thanks for the explanation. Progress upwards had been flying and I was wondering why things had slowed down this past week.

  4. Quite honestly, I think it looks beautiful. Also quite honestly, I thank god it’s not my money at risk in this project.

  5. Dekalb: New York’s best super-tall in a generation is in Brooklyn.

  6. David in Bushwick | December 26, 2020 at 10:48 am | Reply

    This tower is a fitting ending to the NY 2010s skyscraper boom. It forgoes the way overdone silver and clear glass box designs that already now look dated. Privacy and texture is back! Its not too slenderness along with the beautiful facade deserves design awards.
    Well done SHoP and Downtown Brooklyn!

  7. And the lower class still can’t afford to live in NYC.. Thanks for pushing the people who lived in these communities for years out

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  9. It looks great! The one very sour note, however, is the rundown Juniors Restaurant next door. It seems that the tower is designed in such a way that the podium could easily be extended were they to acquire the Juniors property in the future. Is there any talk of that, with maybe a new Juniors incorporated into the structure? That would be a win-win.

  10. David Weinkrantz | December 26, 2020 at 5:07 pm | Reply

    Is it to be a rental? Co-op? Condos?

    Does it have any commitments from people who wish to live in the building?

    • As per the article preamble, the development will comprise 425 rental and 150 condominium units. As yet, no sales / letting agent’s name seems to have surfaced so your first point of contact for information about unit availability at this early stage might be the developer.

  11. Can’t wait to see this completed. Much better than anything @ Hudson Yards

  12. When this is done, Brooklyn will have one of the nation’s great skylines.

  13. Great looking building
    This will be too expensive though and the developer will be crushed

  14. Looks like the curtain wall will truly live up to the epic rendering. They need to rename it Gotham Tower!

  15. It’s a cool building yes but it doesn’t fit or belong in the neighborhood it’s placed in. Keep the sky scrapers in Manhattan. Most Brooklynites aren’t happy to see another huge building that will have unaffordable apartments and block views.

  16. I need a 3 bedrooms apartment for my family

  17. Christina mizell | January 5, 2021 at 12:03 am | Reply

    I am looking for a 3 bedroom. can you please tell me how to get the application to apply

  18. I love this building and welcome it’s beautiful architecture on the Brooklyn skyline.

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