Award-winning parametrically-designed smart skin turns an industrial warehouse into a mixed-use building with contemporary lofts, galleries, a guest apartment, and a spa/fitness center.
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Transforming from a former industrial warehouse into an 80,000sf mixed-use beacon for the community, this building combines lofts, art spaces, and a fitness & wellness center—all while re-interpreting New York City’s strict set-back laws.
SMART LIVING. We renovated the warehouse and added an 11-story smart loft building enclosed in an innovative smart skin: a parametrically designed facade that optimizes energy efficiency while re-interpreting the neighborhood’s setback laws into a set of glass folds and infections wrapping the former brick warehouse.
The 3D digitally custom-designed and pre-manufactured facade uses annealed double-glazed panels—a material typically reserved for industrial and automotive design—that are folded to a 1/16th” tolerance to achieve a distinctive form, and the custom designed and extruded mullions are sloped to follow the glass folds seamlessly. This was a true innovation: the building was completed in 2004, long before parametric design and coordination were adopted as valuable design tools.
GREEN. The integration of the renovated warehouse [embodied carbon] with its new folded steel and glass facade creates a low energy-use and spectacular way of urban living. The folded glass facade provides passive solar energy in the winter and its smart solar glass reduces overheating in the summer. Exterior spaces such as the prefabricated concrete balconies on the west and east facades provide ample green space. The common courtyard on the ground floor is designed to be a gorgeous bamboo garden. The building introduces a lively mix of uses to the neighborhood, through the gallery spaces on the ground floor and its 25 lofts with generous amenities above.
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