Modular has been gaining steady momentum as the preferred building process for architects and developers. This month, modular takes it to the next level, or 220 levels actually, as construction of the world’s tallest building gets underway in Changsha, China. And yes, it’s all modular.
In a testament to the speed of modular, construction firm Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), a subsidiary of China’s Broad Group, will complete the tower in 90 days — practically the speed of light for new building.
As the impressive structure breaks ground later this month, a similar project is set to get started in New York City. According to reports from The New York Times and The Associated Press, groundbreaking is expected to take place later this month on a 32-story apartment tower in Brooklyn that will be the tallest prefabricated building in the U.S.
The AP reports that the high-rise apartment complex is the first of 15
modular buildings planned for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards site.
The modular buildings will be constructed in a factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The developer says that the modular approach will keep costs down and result in more affordable housing for residents.
As both projects progress, its likely you’ll see more modular structures in the works as the prefabricated trend becomes more prevalent in busy metropolitan settings.