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Height: Architectural 130.3 m / 427 ft
Height: Occupied 118.7 m / 389 ft
Height: To Tip 130.3 m / 427 ft
Floors Above Ground 37
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 3
Tower GFA 23,433 m² / 252,231 ft²
# of Apartments 240
# of Parking Spaces 97

Facts

Official Name Toren
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City New York City
Street Address & Map 150 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Postal Code 11201
Building Function residential
Structural Material steel
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2009

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer BFC Partners
Architect
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Structural Engineer
Design Severud Associates Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer
Design Integrated Energy Concepts
Main Contractor BFC Construction
Other Consultant
• Energy Concept Vidaris, Inc.
Façade Vidaris, Inc.

About Toren

Combining a playful variety of insulated glass units and metal panels, the curtain wall creates a shimmering mix of opacity and transparency. Rather than employing a typical repetitive expression, the Toren enclosure is articulated as a binary opposition between vertical and horizontal lines which move rhythmically up the building. The panels feature embossed circles, representing the round blossoms of the Myrtle tree, the name of the primary street on which the building is sited. In all, the Toren’s exterior skin uses 200 unique panels in size and shape creating a seemingly random arrangement in which there is not one floor identical to another.

Toren features an on-site cogeneration plant in which five 100 kiloWATT generators fuel the building’s electrical, heating and cooling. The units use natural gas-fired reciprocating engines in a computer controlled package to make electricity. Hot water heat is then recovered from the engines and combustion exhaust and used for building heat, domestic hot water and absorber air conditioning. Should the local grid ever fail, the cogeneration system will be able to provide emergency power for the building.

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