Designed by New York architecture firm SHoP, the Brooklyn residential tower consists of 363 pre-fab apartments that stack like Tetris blocks into a 32-story building.

The results of that experiment look to be mixed.

When construction on 461 Dean began in 2012, developer Forest City Ratner said the structure would be ready 18 months sooner and cost 20 percent less than a conventional tower, making its units more affordable.

Studios will start at $559 a month, one-bedrooms at $600 a month, and two-bedrooms at $727 a month—in a neighborhood where the median rent on a one-bedroom is $2,700.

The building took more time and money to build than originally promised.

If modular buildings like 461 Dean are going to help stem the rise of housing prices, designers and developers will need to work out some kinks first.

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