The Brooklyn Tower

9 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


Brooklyn above all: Clad in glass and bronze, a cinematic expression of the rich past and future of the borough.

Property Type:

Multi-family residential with a retail base

Year Built:

1929 (Bank), 2022 (Tower)

Square Footage:

+/- 762,000 GSF


1,066 ft

Exterior Material:

Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Glass, Marble

Brooding, elegant, and badass.

The Architect's Newspaper

From the site of the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Tower rises in Downtown Brooklyn. With its hexagonal design and rich materiality of bronze and glass, repeating and resembling features of the historic site, this cinematic tower will soar over 1,000 feet high, becoming the tallest tower in Brooklyn.


The Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn

A New York City landmark where you could open a bank account for a dime.


Deriving a site grid from Bank Geometry

This design is interesting, exciting and respectful in the way that it tips its hat to the primacy of the landmark.

Meenakshi Srinivasan Chair and Commissioner, Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York

The Brooklyn Tower encompasses a triangular lot facing Albee Square and is bound by DeKalb Avenue, Flatbush Avenue Extension, and Fleet Street—Brooklyn’s most important commercial thoroughfare.

Another JDS and SHoP collaboration, The Brooklyn Tower presented the challenge of a combination tower and landmark. Rather than build an as of right tower directly behind the landmarked site—blocking views of the sky from Albee Square and reducing the landmark’s exposure—a more interesting and elegant design was proposed that combined the two buildings and allowed for the interlocking, hexagonal tower, while preserving the decorative street façade of the bank.

Drawing from the patterns and floor plate of the Dime Savings Bank, SHoP designed the tower massing as hexagonal volumes, extruded to different heights to create terraced setbacks.

The Brooklyn Tower embraces a respect for the expressive potential of traditional architectural materials as well as propels pioneering technology forward to create a dialogue between past, present, and future.

Site grid is two interlocking hexagons referring directly to the geometry of the bank floor plan and design


The tower façade is designed to complement the landmark’s façade design and materiality. The tower façade repeats patterns of vertical columns and uses a similar material and color palette. The tower consists of alternating panels of glazing and arrays of vertical architectural profiles made of colored metals in black, copper and gold. The shapes alternate in size as the climb up or down each of the six tower faces, creating a fade from bronze to black as the tower reaches into the sky.

Façade panel installation at The Brooklyn Tower

Pan up The Brooklyn Tower Façade

Fabrication of the marble convexacave columns

Convexacave columns custom designed by SHoP Architects


Residences Designed by Gachot Studios

Each residence has been designed by Gachot Studios, Architectural Digest 100 interior design firm, who created a refined aesthetic.

The materials that are in the residences play off of all the materials that were used in the facade. That’s how we came up with the palette, the materiality, the warmth.

- Christine Gachot, Founding Principal, Gachot Studios

Bathrooms feature custom designed vanities by Gachot Studios and Bianco Dolomite hexagon mosaic flooring.


The Brooklyn Tower takes the crown as Brooklyn’s first supertall skyscraper

Today marks a significant milestone for Brooklyn and New York City as The Brooklyn Tower reaches its peak, continuing Brooklyn’s long history of design innovation and bold thinking. We take great pride in the thoughtful work that SHoP and our JDS Construction team have done to create this unprecedented new tower, while carefully preserving the historic Brooklyn landmark.

Michael Stern, Founder and CEO of JDS Development October 2021



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Original Architect:

Mowbray & Uffinger

Modification Architect:

Halsey, McCormack & Helmer (1931)

Preservation Architect:

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates (JHPA)

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