The question regarding V33's façade was: "How do we innovate a new 'infill' within this post-warehouse context? The choice was not to copy a traditional building, but to focus on the quality of Tribeca's traditional buildings. Extreme ceiling heights, tri-partite façade sub-divisions, durable natural materials, and façade alignments were some of the qualities and contextual issues looked at.
As one of Archi-Tectonics’s many Smart Skins, the V33 building’s facade meets historically contextual demands while introducing technological and environmental innovation. In the V33 building, the innovation lies in the materials. The facade’s materials include translucent stone, engineered by Archiglaze, insulated double glazing windows, and stone-aluminum, solid panels. These irradiating materials give a performative purpose to the strategically conforming facade pattern.
Along Vestry Street, people are exposed to a vast variety of facades. However, our building skin unifies the variety via pixelation. The design team generated numerous patterns by overlaying Vestry Street’s varying facade levels. The resulting façade is comprised of translucent stone and glass, allowing the building to absorb sunlight during the day and glow at night.
A visit to the quarry in Portugal led to the daunting task to predict the stone pattern from 7’x7’x7’ blocks of stone..... A little waterspray was the ‘clarifier’ of the problem. The facade installer and client assisted in the process.