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Ratner Unveils Arena Towers

SHoP Architects
SHoP Architects

The Barclays Center will be surrounded by three of the world's tallest modular buildings, the first of which, a 32-story apartment tower, is likely to be underway when the arena opens in 10 months. The renderings for the three, at 32, 22 and 52 stories, were unveiled Thursday by SHoP Architects, the arena's design firm.

Assuming he can get financing and union approval, the 32-story "B2" building at the arena's southeast corner will have a groundbreaking early next year and take 18 months to complete. Then, nine months after that building is complete, Forests City Ratner hopes to break ground on the next building of 52 stories at the arena's northeast corner.  The same schedule would follow for the third tower of 22 stories.

In September, Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP called design of the prefab buildings "really hard" and "almost impossible". The tallest modular structure in the world is a 25-story dormitory in Wolverhampton, England.