Studio Gang‘s bold move to open an office in NYC couldn’t have come at a better time. The much admired studio led by Jeanne Gang just got the green light for their stunning angular glass structure, which will be sited right along the High Line on 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.
Dubbed the ‘Solar Carve’, the new construction will be designated for office and retail use, housing 10 stories behind a glassy serrated edge and asymmetrical curves. The design, in true Studio Gang fashion, keeps sustainability in mind, and the building’s geometric form does follow function. The unique shape mitigates solar gain while taking advantage of the views between the High Line and the Hudson. A planted roof will also help cool the Solar Carve on hot days.
Gang’s tower was first revealed to the public back in 2012, but plans failed to move forward when it was met with community opposition, and when a request for zoning approval from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) was rejected.
Yesterday, the BSA gave the OK to developer William Gottlieb Real Estate’s revised application — a plan which has reduced the size of the structure by about 34 percent.
“We were excited to receive the Zoning and Setback Waiver from the BSA,” Gang told the Architect’s Newspaper. “This important decision will preserve the design and enhance the experience along the High Line for residents of New York and the greater community of visitors to the site. The Solar Carve Tower project is ongoing with an anticipated design completion in 2015.”
Solar Carve will be Studio Gang’s first project in NYC, and it joins a handful of modern icons lucky enough to be sited off the High Line.
[Via Architect’s Newspaper]
Images courtesy of Studio Gang
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