Proving the ability of modular construction to meet the pressing demands of our time, B2 was a landmark technological achievement.

A centerpiece of the Pacific Park development in downtown Brooklyn, and a neighbor to SHoP’s Barclays Center, B2 was the tallest modular residential building in the world when it was completed in 2016. Within its 32 stories, B2 comprises 350 units of various sizes, a full 50% of which were designated to meet New York City’s urgent demands for affordable housing.

Modular offers many advantages, including increased construction efficiency and reduced noise and traffic impacts on dense urban sites. Far lighter and less wasteful than conventional construction, the technique also makes possible ambitious environmental performance.
Manufacturing of all modules took place in a repurposed factory at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard. Many “high bay” industrial spaces commonly found in cities would lend themselves well to this new use, creating efficient logistical connections while offering opportunities as well for local employment.
The dimensions of each module are constrained by the mode of transportation to the site, but several mods can be combined to create larger spaces and a variety of unit types. At B2, there are 23 distinct apartment layouts, ranging from studios to three bedroom apartments.
  • phase completed
  • size 346,200 sf
The term modular describes a specific technique of manufactured and assembled construction, where completed building components are delivered with all systems and structure pre-installed. Offsite is a more general term coming into common use. It encompasses a variety of emerging methods, including mass timber construction, where a significant amount of work can be achieved in the safer and more efficient environment of the factory.