‘Solar-carving’ facade is complete at Jeanne Gang’s High Line tower

December 20, 2018

Jeanne Gang‘s 12-story office building on the High Line has earned itself the nickname Solar Carve tower for its gem-like glass facade that was “sculpted by the angles of the sun” in order to eliminate shadows. And now, eight months after topping out, the building’s signature glass curtain wall is complete, just in time to welcome tenants early this spring. In a press release announcing the milestone, Developers Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate said they believe the project, located at 40 Tenth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, will be “the office crown jewel of the Meatpacking District.”

This is Jeanne Gang’s first ground-up project in NYC. Plans first surfaced in 2012, shortly after Studio Gang announced it would open a NYC office, and construction kicked off in  February 2017.

Because of the building’s unobstructed location and adjacency to the High Line, Gang studied “solar carving” technology to understand how a building’s form can affect how the sun casts shadows and creates glare and heat gain. To mitigate this, the building’s curtain wall is made up of 12 different types of glass that have been “geometrically optimized into a pattern of three-dimensional facets that articulate the carved sections of the tower.” As the firm explains, “each curtain wall unit consists of a central diamond-shaped panel tiling downward, surrounded by four triangular pieces that are perpendicular to the slab to achieve typical stack joints.” In addition to the previously mentioned advantages, the technique also creates “dynamic corner workspaces.”

The 139,000-square-foot building will feature class-A commercial space and over 20,000 square feet of outdoor space, including eight floors with private outdoor space, a 10,000-square-foot shared roof deck, and an 8,000-square-foot second-floor space adjacent to the High Line. The tower portion will have interiors with 16-foot ceilings, the tallest in the neighborhood. Over 40,000 square feet of retail space will be found on 10th Avenue. Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, will move its interactive marketing flagship this ground-floor space.


All photos courtesy of Kris Tamburello

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