Even the lawsuit-afflicted Pacific Park next door to Barclays Center will soon yield some decent and affordable places to live: SHoP Architects’ 461 Dean Street, which sports more attitude than grace. Stacking and bolting together factory-made modules was supposed to make affordable housing cheaper and quicker to put up. Instead, construction snafus and lawsuits among builders turned the process into a nasty slog. Now the tower has defiantly announced its arrival with a façade of fire-engine red.It's a wee bit conclusory to call it "decent and affordable" without acknowledging lingering clouds over the mold investigation, the limited affordability (and lack of family-sized units), and the cancellation of Forest City Ratner's ambitious plans to build the entire project via modular construction (and winding down of FC Modular).
After all, in an 11/18/11 feature headlined Less Really Is More: SHoP Architects, masters of post-boom buildability., Davidson wrote that "SHoP is staking its name on the world’s tallest prefab tower."
"Factory-made housing has a venerable but erratic pedigree," Davidson wrote at the time. Indeed.