West Podium Art Wall at Hudson Yards

West Podium Art Wall at Hudson Yards

West Podium Art Wall: Making An Entrance In Style

 

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The massive reformation project known as Hudson Yards is taking shape and is certainly living up to the high expectations that have surrounded this project for years. The Hudson Yards development is a new 26-acre neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan built on a platform over the working rail yard that connects to Penn Station. The crown jewel of this mixed-use project is a seven-level shopping and dining environment.

 

Some might be intimidated by the enormity of the total area transformation and inherent hurdles of building over an active rail yard, but the commissioned designers and developers have set their sights high.  Next to hundreds of luxury apartments, the retail center checks in at one million square feet of retail space. It will be home to some of the most celebrated brands in the world. When it opens in 2018, a new dynamic space will be created that enables retailers and restaurants to express themselves on a one-of-a-kind stage. It has attracted world-class names such as Neiman Marcus (making its New York debut), Coach, Tory Burch, Zara, Stuart Weitzman, and H&M.  The concept is to impress visitors and residents with a carefully curated collection of top brands through the 100-plus shops.

 

The challenge for the developers and design team was to set the stage by building an entrance worthy of this iconic shopping area. Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates, a full service architectural, planning, and design firm selected James Carpenter Design Associates to design a massive art wall that acts as the primary retail building facade, which also functions as a “backdrop” for a public square that will be dense with activity.

 

The retail component known as the “West Podium Art Wall” measures 300 feet long and 90 feet tall with a cable net system that incorporates 504 custom laminated, fritted, curved glass panels making up the feature wall by celebrated American artist and designer, James Carpenter.

 

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To pull off something this large and complex is no easy feat. W&W Glass was chosen to make the project come to life based on their extensive experience in bespoke cable tension wall design, engineering, and installation. Planning and design began in 2015 when the W&W Glass professionals constructed a full performance mock-up to test the concept. The mock-up was required because of the technical and aesthetic challenges of a complete custom designed wall to assure the final product met the standards of a traditional curtain wall systems. Typical curtain walls are repetitive, so not every area needs to be tested, but since this was a custom design and not evenly symmetrical, each section required extra testing on the mock-up for water resistance, movement, and efficiency.

 

“There were multiple factors that had to be taken into consideration.  This was much harder than a traditional glass curtain wall because of the size of the glass panels (54 inches by 90 inches) that were individually curved,” said W&W Glass project manager Michael Awad. “We were tasked with the development of a totally custom, two-sided supported vertical tension cable structural glass system utilizing custom bent “candy cane” silk-screened laminated glass from Italy.”

 

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One critical issue was securing the large, curved glass panels.  Due to the curves being located at the panel joints, standard fittings could not be used.  The designers solved this issue with custom fittings and profiles, and utilizing two cables to secure the panels at every vertical point.  Since the curve was at the vertical point, outriggers were needed for greater support and stability.

 

All of the time spent in designing, testing, and months of installation really paid off.  The defining inverted “J” of the curved glass geometry reformulates reflected views of the sky, emphasizing a horizontal read that engages the shoppers and visitors with an inversion of sky and landscape views within the central plaza.  The repetitive glass geometry and optics of the glass creates a symbiotic relationship with the sky while the wall unifies the building and surrounding environment.

 

 

The retail center will be connected to commercial office towers, 10 and 30 Hudson Yards, and will feature entrances off of 10th Avenue and the Hudson Yards plaza.  Shoppers will also have a direct access from the High Line and an underground connection to the No. 7 Subway, making the Hudson Yards retail center one of the most connected shopping destinations in the city.

 

Hudson Yards will be the first retail center in New York City to be arranged into districts to better personalize the shopping experience. More than a dozen specialty restaurants and food retail concepts will occupy space on Levels 4, 5, and 6, offering an array of dining options from the early morning hours into the late evening. Stay tuned for more progress updates as the project continues. 

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

New Elmhurst Library To Be One of the Busiest in the Nation

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The three year wait is over for bookworms in Elmhurst, New York and the wait was worth it. The major renovation and expansion of the new Elmhurst Library is finally complete and open to the public!

 

The new 32,000 square-foot Elmhurst Library building doubles the size from the previous building and is expected to attract over 1.2 million visitors a year  – making it one of the busiest libraries in the nation. The new facility is a part of the Queens Library network. It provides state-of-the-art technology and inviting, comfortable spaces with careful attention to curb appeal. With the addition of many new amenities, it is one of the most user-friendly libraries in the New York City area.

 

The original library was an Andrew Carnegie-constructed facility that opened in 1906 and many of the features from that building were woven into the heart of the new design. Those amenities include a memory wall, a learning garden, historic photographs and a children’s fireplace from 1906. The final plan included modernizing the facility to attract old and new visitors alike. The new building stands tall with the contemporary buildings, while engaging the small scale of historical structures from the early days of Queen’s villages with two glazed reading rooms. The Park Reading Room at the center of building visually joins the park and garden, while the Broadway Reading Room overlooks the activity on the street, engaging passersby with artist Allan McCollum’s 20-foot x 20-foot “Shapes” wall installation.  

 

 

Under the design management of New York-based Marpillero Pollak Architects and construction supervised by Stalco, the new library at 86-01 Broadway is four floors of knowledge. It features separate adult, teen and children’s library spaces, a computer work station complete with 43 desktops and 12 laptops, an adult learning center, an interior reading atrium, and a pair of gardens.

 

The architects and management team selected W&W Glass for the intricate exterior glasswork. The design professionals helped the architect to come up with a plan to use structural glass jewel-boxes as an attractive feature from the street, while allowing natural light to highlight the interior that houses more than 75,000 books and multimedia for children and adults in English, and 36,000 books and multimedia in nine different languages.

 

 

Glaziers from W&W installed Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass comprised of heavy-duty Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating glass units with HP 69/37 Low-e on the #2 surface and insulating units with added custom white, silk-screened “frit” vertical lines on the #3 surface to provide excellent thermal performance and glare control. For the roof return glass, the company selected Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating PVB laminated glass with HP 69/37 Low-e on the #2 surface and white, silk-screened “frit” vertical lines on the #3 surface. The face glass was supported by cantilevered Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass fins as the main support structure.

 

Other features include terra cotta cladding, insulating metal panels, and brickwork as seen from the Broadway entrance. As a High Performance Pilot Project and Active Design Case Study, the building is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating. 

 

Even though the delays were lengthy, the end result proves that when cities invest in libraries, they invest in the future of the boroughs and the city as a whole.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

The 53rd Street New York Public Library

The 53rd Street New York Public Library – Not Your Grandfather’s Library

 

Photo courtesy of The New York Library System

Some have said this is the perfect place to be alone – together. The new NYC public library located at 18 West 53rd Street in Midtown, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art is located mostly below street level and features an amphitheater and laptop bar. They even allow you to bring food inside, so no need to leave for a snack. It could be easily mistaken for an upscale retail outlet or trendy SoHo boutique if it wasn’t for iconic lion in the library’s signature logo right inside the entrance. As the newest of the New York Library System’s 89 branches, it looks to the future instead of attempting to repair the past.

 

Replacing the famous Donnell Library Center, a beloved and heavily-used branch of the New York Public Library system, the new library is built below the Baccarat Hotel, a 50-story high rise that occupies much of the square footage where the Donnell Library once stood. The price tag for the new building is north of $23 million and is squarely focused on the ever changing needs of its patrons. Not that books are not important today, but libraries are now expected to provide many services such as classes, public programs, and access to electronic books. In short, this library is a departure from any other public library in the city.

 

Designed by principal architect Enrique Norten and his firm TEN Arquitectos, the library is a subterranean mix of old and new, combining printed literature and technology, and the solitude of being social.  The new space features an amphitheater and an auditorium with TV screens for programs and events, high ceilings, and modern décor. Though two of its three floors are below street level, the library feels bright and spacious, thanks in part to its glassy façade.

 

Early on, Norten and the general contractor, Turner Construction Corporation, knew the challenge of making a subterranean library appealing. Norten transformed the lower level space for the amphitheater to connect the below-grade spaces with the street above. To get as much daylight as possible into the main level below ground, Norten not only wanted the façade glazed, but added skylights and several openings in the floors at the rear of the lobby, so that illumination filters down below. The key was to use a hi-tech glazing system as not only a functional element, but also to make it appealing and not feel like it was a basement. The team chose world-renowned W&W Glass for their expertise in understanding both of these critical aspects.

 

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The design professionals at W&W Glass worked hand in hand with the architects and engineers, to construct a transparent jewel box allowing lots of light to stream into the library. The designers relied on Pilkington Planar™ structural glass systems with a mix of support structures. Cantilevered laminated glass fins highlight the main front wall and steel substructure backs the interior structural glass walls. The face glass is made of Pilkington Planar™ Optiwhite low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass. To anchor the glass back to the structure, glaziers used Pilkington 905 series countersunk bolt fittings. The glass wall face glass extends up in front of an upturned concrete slab at the top and employs an insulating laminated glass return at the head of the wall thus providing a transparent closure. It allows the visitor to look right down through the top of the monolithic wall.

 

Visitors enter the library from the vestibule on 53rd Street to find the lobby wraps around the amphitheater in a space 34-feet high; elevators are located at the rear to levels below. The grand stairway along the west wall of the stadium seating descends 17-feet to the main reading room. There, books, desks, and computers extend into the far reaches of this 11,000-square-foot level, which includes the acoustically paneled walls of an enclosed community room that can seat 120 people. A second, airy staircase, fitted with glass balustrades and open risers, takes visitors down to young-adult reading areas as well as an enclosed children’s reading room under the amphitheater. The prominence of this space clearly signals that this progressive branch creates more of a community center-type learning environment than a traditional library.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

Reston Station Escalator Enclosure – Fairfax County

First impressions are everything and true professionals know that attention to detail can either enhance or detract from a first impression. At first glance, many might not notice the well-thought-out details of the new Wiehle Avenue Metro station at Reston Station. However, this Reston, Virginia stop is quickly becoming the most desired destination to live, work, and play just outside of the Washington D.C. area. Reston Station is a visionary concept like no other in Northern Virginia. This modern concept melds convenience and luxury with a multitude of vibrant entertainment, retail, and restaurant options. Reston Station is much more than just another stop on the Silver Line.

 

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One of the main projects in this development is Reston Station Building 4. It’s a mixed-use center and transit-oriented haven for commuters to Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. The most notable building is the BLVD at Reston Station apartment complex that can be seen from either direction on the Dulles Toll Road or from the metro station it towers over. With 3,500+ underground parking spaces and state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations, Reston Station is a great starting point for adventures all around Virginia. In addition to luxury apartments, what really sets this location apart is the sleek, glassy entrance to the seven-level, underground transit center.

 

Fairfax County selected DCS Design to not only make a functional area for commuters and residents to be protected from the inclement weather and varying seasonal temperatures when going up and down from the tracks to the multi-use area, but to enhance the feeling of all those who use Reston Station. DCS selected NY-based W&W Glass to help them design a stunning point-supported glass structure that protects and inspires.

 

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Since the enclosure is located in a bustling plaza area, DCS paid special attention to highlight this entrance over the escalators with minimal visual disruption by using a Pilkington Planar™ facade. The envelope consisted of clear SentryGlas®* silk-screened laminated glass panels using 40% fritted white dots on the #3 surface for the roof and vertical walls to assist with shading.  Installed by Service Glass Industries, Inc., Pilkington Planar™ 905 series fittings were the hardware of choice to securely hold the walls and roof in place.  This end result created a striking first appearance for the two-level enclosure, crisply reflecting the surrounding trees and buildings in the day while appearing well-lit for safety at night.

 

With over 120,000 square feet of space for retail, restaurants and service-oriented businesses, Reston Station is ready to become a shopping paradise for everyone from locals and commuters to tourists alike. Add to it a backdrop of public art installations, and irresistible energy from concerts, festivals and outdoor events, and it’s sure to be a thriving destination to visit.  

 

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W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

*SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and used under exclusive license by Kuraray

Evolution From The Past With a Vision To the Future: The Getty

In the fine dining world, a trend that is extremely popular is a technique known as “deconstruction.” In simple terms, it means taking a well-known classic dish, breaking it apart into pieces, and then using many of the same ingredients to create a new offering with a different look and intensified flavors to transform the dish into something that is delicious yet oddly familiar. That same concept can also be applied to architecture. The “deconstructionist” concept, pioneered in the early 20th century, is regaining popularity in the architectural and construction world.

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Take, for example, the new building in the center of New York’s West Chelsea renaissance located at 239 Tenth Avenue. Situated at the corner of West 24th Street, the property is located in this burgeoning art district overlooking the High Line, the park at the epicenter of new luxury apartment and condominium developments that have been underway for several years. Here’s our take on the deconstructionist concept if you will. This building is taking the place of an old Getty gas station, hence the new mixed-use building has been coined as “The Getty.”

 

The location of this building has a storied history. Not that long ago, the site of the former Getty gas station was once home to an art installation of fake sheep at 239 Tenth Avenue. It seems history is repeating itself. The site is now giving way to an abstract, art-inspired 11-story condo building designed by Peter Marino. 

 

239 Tenth was originally designed to house ten high-end apartments. But interest from a nonresidential tenant in the location, since it is in close proximity to many art galleries, led the developers to add more commercial space while reducing the number of residential units. Now, there will be eight totally unique units that stand on top of two prominent art galleries, and each will feature a private outdoor space, with residences averaging 4,700 square feet apiece.

 

The Hill Art Foundation plans to operate the museum on The Getty’s third and fourth floors showcasing the private collection of J. Tomilson Hill. Also planned to be displayed are multiple works by Francis Bacon, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Joining the foundation in the building will be the third New York location of the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, which will occupy The Getty’s basement and first two stories.

 

When you are building a structure that is housing fine art, the statement needs to be made before a patron enters the building. Marino’s design for the building will open up the facade facing the elevated park, with much of the southwest corner of the structure sliced away, yielding to a staggered set of terraced balconies.

 

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The project is a partnership of the developers Michael Shvo and the Victor Group. One of the most complicated parts of this project was to seamlessly integrate a mix of traditional elements such as stone, glass, and metal to create drama and contrast. Marino wanted to make a statement, so he made the decision to use a “checkerboard” of different components that feature glass at the forefront. The designers knew they needed an expert as part of the team so construction manager Lend Lease hired W&W Glass, one of the most renowned glaziers in North America, to assist with the façade design and installation.

 

W&W Glass had several design challenges. This building goes against the most of the rules of typical developments where you build things for optimization by repetition and economies of scale. Each glass section is a different size, so the unitized panels had to be custom made. The experts at W&W Glass decided to fabricate the 25,000 square-foot custom Wicona curtain wall in Northern Italy by AZA S.p.A. The final design called for powder-coated aluminum panels and over-sized low iron glass units with a maximum size of 22′ tall x 10′ wide with parallel opening operable vents that are 4′ wide and 10′ tall, motorized for ease of operation. Some of the truly unique elements are large one piece corner units over 22′ tall with 10′ wide returns. The unitized panels use a glass make up a 1/2″ outboard lite and 3/8″ over 3/8″ laminated glass on the interior for excellent acoustics and strength, fabricated by AGC Interpane of Germany. Other significant design elements include  over-sized Schuco sliding glass doors and custom hand rails.

 

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Marino achieved early fame as a designer, in the 1970s, for one of Warhol’s “Factories,” on East 66th Street. Through the years, he has enjoyed a roster of prominent clients, like Louis Vuitton, for which he designed a boutique on Fifth Avenue, and Stephen A. Schwarzman. Viewed from Tenth Avenue, the new building will prove contextual, and will appear to be roughly the same size as 245 Tenth Avenue, next door.

 

Even though combining dissimilar materials like steel, stone, and glass are nothing new to architecture, The Getty is taking this technique and reconstructing it into something new and exciting. Like a large-scale sculpture, perhaps, The Getty has been slow to take shape. It broke ground in November 2014 and is not expected to open until summer 2017.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

Honoring the Past While Looking Towards the Future

Trying to restore historical buildings while maintaining the character of the past is a common challenge designers and contractors often face today. Whether it is a skyscraper office tower or just a small, local storefront, the importance of preserving and honoring the past for future generations is a common theme these days. Renovating the Judicial Office Building for the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) in the center of Montgomery was an especially challenging but rewarding experience for all those involved. The renovated high-rise addition was built around the former Alabama Judicial Building to preserve much of the historic structure, such as the ceremonial courtroom, as well as the overall architecture of the former building.

 

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The existing historic courthouse became a hallowed piece of history in the Civil Rights Movement when Martin Luther King spoke on the front steps. This magnificent project celebrates the historic State of Alabama Judicial Building and offers spectacular views of Montgomery’s downtown, the riverfront, and the state capitol building from its landscaped terraces and private executive balconies. It offers covered executive parking, 24/7 security, advanced electrical systems and state-of-the-art climate controls. Its interior is comprised of fine finishes, including wood, limestone, granite, marble, and stainless steel. Paying homage to tradition, the Honor Court even features five life size bronze statues of past Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justices.

 

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The Retirement System of Alabama (RSA) Judicial Office Building is located just west of the State Capitol. The site contains an existing structure and a new 531,000 square foot office building which is the latest edition to the family of RSA buildings present in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Led by Bailey and Harris Construction, renovation of the new RSA Judicial Office Building began in 2008 and was completed in July of 2011. Named to celebrate the historic State of Alabama Judicial Building which has resided on the property since 1926, this $99 million project fully restored the existing building and encompassed it within a grand 50-foot tall structurally-glazed grand entrance topped by the twelve story skyscraper. The restored portions of the project have been adapted for premium executive office space and a multi-purpose conference center which features the original Supreme Court chamber and lobby.

 

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The RSA wanted to make a classic statement from the very beginning which meant shining a window into the world of historic Alabama. When it came time to execute the “big window” to the courthouse, nationally-acclaimed structural glass supplier W&W Glass was selected to make it happen.

 

The professionals at W&W Glass needed to make the new building the jewel of the existing Montgomery Courthouse complex. The architect 2WR Holmes Wilkins worked with W&W Glass to solidify the right design solution for this feature area. Using structural glass materials supplied by W&W Glass and fabricated in the United Kingdom by Pilkington, the project was glazed by Juba Aluminum Products with the Pilkington Planar system for the entryway curtain walls. The product used is a “point supported” glazing system in which the face glass is supported by stainless steel fittings that bolt the facade glass back to suspended tempered monolithic glass fins to provide the necessary structural support instead of having metal framing behind each piece of glass like traditional curtain wall. This allows an unobstructed view through the wall, looking both inside and out. Because of the vast opening size, the space frame piers visible through the Pilkington Planar wall were needed to support the building structure. The wall was glazed using insulated glass with high performance low-e coatings to minimize energy costs. Visitors are awed by the dramatic four-story lobby/atrium with its high limestone walls, grand staircase, and elevators covered in polished granite, glass, and stainless steel.

 

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Photo credit: www.bailey-harris.com

 

For more information on this project and all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass, go to wwglass.com and look under the portfolio section.

 

W&W Glass, LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Is a “Must See” NYC Landmark

One of the most recognizable names in entertainment is Madame Tussauds and its chain of wax museums.  Their attractions are based on an obsession with fame and illusions. What started out as a humble museum in London is now one of the most popular wax museums across the globe.  The New York branch is in the heart of Times Square and is just one of six Madame Tussauds locations in the United States. The brand has spread globally as well with six in Europe, seven in Asia, and one in Australia.

 

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Although New York’s Times Square Madame Tussauds opened several years ago, the legacy of this hugely popular attraction dates all the way back to the 18th century. Anna Marie “Madame” Tussaud was born in Strasbourg, France. She moved to Paris as a child, where she learned the art of wax modeling from the renowned Dr. Philipe Curtius in the 1770s. As a teenager she became an art tutor at the Palace of Versailles for the royal family, but her career path took a macabre turn when she was forced to make death masks of executed aristocrats during the French Revolution. She eventually took her talents to London, where in 1835, she set up shop on Baker Street to show off her masks and sculptures in a permanent collection. Today, Madame Tussauds has become a global phenomenon.

 

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The Madame Tussauds New York location opened its doors in 2000 with 5 floors of attraction space and over 200 figures; it has quickly become a popular tourist destination in New York City.

 

The building designers at the architecture firms of Ohlhausen Dubois Architects and IMG had  a difficult task to make this museum standout in a city of sensory overload. The team relied on the glazing experts at W&W Glass to help make that happen with an iconic glass feature on the building facade.

 

 

The unique exterior enclosure is comprised of various glazing systems, metal panels, precast wall panels, stone, and E.I.F.S. The facade also features exterior elevators and extensive exterior signage for the tenants. However, for the most interesting portion of the work, W&W Glass went with a tried and true system to create a Pilkington Planar™ system glass fin wall. The conical, spaceship-shaped structural glass curtain wall area was constructed out of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic curved tempered glass. The different heights of glass and panel curvature is what gives the entrance a magical feel of flight and an air of grandeur. The monolithic tempered glass fins on the interior utilized Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron glass as well. This airy rotunda dramatically juts out over the museum entrance on 42nd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, offering a nice bird’s-eye-view of Times Square.

 

To add to the mystical feel, giant hands surround the front of the building at the top the elevator and the bottom of the glass enclosure, as if they were conducting a masterful puppet show. Madame Tussauds is a celebration of celebrity in all its waxen glory. More than 200 famous people – Oscar winners, sports champions, newsmakers, pop goddesses, and historical figures smile widely and willingly pose for photographs. Where else will you see Jimi, Janis, and Jagger all together? Or the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and Gandhi standing side-by-side! It’s a trip through time and a surprisingly educational tour of American pop culture with some amusement park-style extras thrown in for maximum fun. Most importantly, a visit to Madame Tussauds is all about the photo op, so make sure the battery is charged and the memory card is cleared.

 

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W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

225 East 39th Street in Murray Hill: Ahead of the Curve

New York City’s Murray Hill district is not exactly known for landmark architecture and design.  However, that is beginning to change thanks to a progressive endeavor by Fisher Brothers and Gemini Residential, LLC.  The 36-story, 372-unit residential tower being constructed at 225 East 39th Street, located on Tunnel Exit Street between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill is highlighting the “curve” as a shape of things to come in residential building design.

 

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The owners chose Handel Architects to lead the design efforts for the building measuring 430-feet tall with 373,248 square feet of space in its entirety. This tower is a very unique project in many ways.

 

Inspired by the Fisher Brother’s vision, the designers at Handel Architects decided to highlight a glass tower featuring a curving glass façade, offering some visual relief to an area comprised of less remarkable residential architecture.  The glass entrance is set back from the street, and the gently curving form creates breathing room on the corner.  This reflective curtain wall, transparent base, and shallow plaza form a truly unique stature on the eastside of Manhattan.

 

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The owners and designers knew this was not going to be an easy facade to build, so construction manager Plaza Construction selected one of the best-known, successful firms in the city for glass facade installation, W&W Glass.

 

W&W Glass professionals knew it would take the utmost in creativity and design to make this project reflect the owner’s dream. The glazier selected a proven unitized curtain wall system for this application that could meet the challenges, the Sotawall® HYBRID-WALL® system. With a 25-year history, the Sotawall® HYBRID-WALL® system was originally developed as an alternative to traditional window wall systems. Window walls are typically limited in their architectural aesthetic and performance capabilities.  Sotawall® HYBRID-WALL® has greater flexibility in design to allow for larger expanses of glazing, flush external appearance (capless framing), greater adjustability in anchorage (no embeds required) and a variety of custom feature profiles and infill materials available.

 

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In order to have a continuous air and water barrier, these hybrid curtain wall systems span slab to slab similar to window wall, however, they have a built-in slab edge cover panel and are fully gasketed similar to a traditional unitized curtain wall providing much higher air and water penetration resistance and multiple levels of redundancy.

 

Another clever and unique aspect of this project is the use of large bands of the JURA stone product as a spandrel infill and accent. Widely used in making jewelry, JURA stone comes from the Jura hills in France and is a porous, light beige natural stone.  W&W Glass used curtain wall frames to hold the stone in panels that measured 4-feet by 10-feet and totaled over 153,000-square feet.  The technique is creative and the effect is magnificent.

 

Slated for completion in the spring of 2017, residents will be greeted by an expansive interior lobby with high ceilings, undulated slatted walls, and a spiral staircase leading to the amenity floor. Amenities will include a fitness center, yoga studio, game room, children’s playroom, lounge, library, swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. Atop the building will sit a roof deck complete with cabanas and BBQ stations, and residents will find further outdoor oasis upon the terrace and inside the courtyard garden.

 

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For more information on this project and all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass, go to wwglass.com and look under the portfolio section.

 

W&W Glass, LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

Manhattan West Rises

One of New York City’s newest residential skyscrapers is rising at the Manhattan West development. While the impact of the all glass building will be awe-inspiring, the designers know how important the amenities and proximity to offices, shopping, entertainment, public transportation, and restaurants will be for this new development. There will be all of this and more at Manhattan West.

 

Commissioned by Brookfield Property Partners, the $4.5 billion development will include two new office towers, a residential tower (Three Manhattan West), a renovated office building (renamed Five Manhattan West), 200,000-square-feet of retail space, a boutique six-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens, restaurants, and a 2-acre public park. The new towers are being built on a new platform over the West Side Yard along Ninth Avenue. The development is close to the new Hudson Yards neighborhood between 31st and 33rd streets within a five minute walk to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. The development is expected to be complete by 2020.

 

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Photo Credit: www.worldofarchi.com

 

Brookfield broke ground on the project in late 2012. The entire construction rests on a 2.6-acre state-of-the-art foundation positioned over the existing railroad track, completed in 2014. The office towers—the taller of which will measure 67 stories (995 feet)—will each possess a single-angled facade and rounded corners. Inside, column-free floor plates will offer resident corporations a modern and efficient workplace, capable of adapting to their individual needs.

 

Spanning 16 stories, the 1.7-million-square-foot renovated structure—soon to be called “Five Manhattan West”—will stand fully clad in a new jagged glass exterior designed by New York-based REX Architecture by year’s end.

 

The Southwest residential tower, Three Manhattan West, is located at 401 West 31st Street. The project broke ground in December 2014 and is due to be completed in late 2017. This mammoth structure will stand 62 stories and 702 feet tall, housing 844 rental apartment units.

 

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Photo Credit: http://brookfieldofficeproperties.com/

 

SOM, the same architectural firm behind One World Trade Center, is the design architect on this massive development.  For Three Manhattan West, SLCE, the architect of record, is working with Hunter Roberts Construction Group to build the project. They looked to W&W Glass, due to their expertise on these type of installations, to provide a Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® unitized facade system to clad the building. Progress is moving along swiftly as the building has over half of the curtain wall installed already.

 

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Photo Credit: http://brookfieldofficeproperties.com/

 

W&W Glass was also recently awarded the lobby podium on the Manhattan West North Tower (One Manhattan West) by Tishman Construction. They were awarded the project based on their extensive engineering and installation capabilities along with their benchmark for quality on another custom structural glass fin wall system installed at World Financial Center at Brookfield Place (a Brookfield-owned project). The SOM design features an expansive 45-foot-tall structural glass wall with 10-foot-wide modules. The wall will feature an outward slope on the East elevation and will be entirely supported by one-piece laminated glass fins on the interior. W&W Glass professionals are engineering a fully custom structural glass system with 45-foot-tall one-piece laminated glass fins and multi-ply laminated face glass. For strength and security, the glass will be bonded to the fins with structural silicone to customized stainless steel adaptors for a minimal visual appearance. There will also be curved laminated glass corners at two ends of the building. The structural glass will be manufactured in Europe using some of the best fabrication technology in the world, thereby maintaining the highest quality in oversized glass flatness to greatly reduce visual distortion.

 

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Photo Credit: http://brookfieldofficeproperties.com/

 

Stay tuned for more updates on these two exciting projects and others in the future at wwglass.com.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

The First Milestone of a Great Transformation

It’s been highly anticipated, and it didn’t disappoint. The Hudson Yards project, the largest private development project in New York City’s history, has recently made the first step towards completion with the opening of its first building, 10 Hudson Yards. When the entire initiative is completed in 2025, more than 125,000 people a day will either visit, work at, or call their home Hudson Yards.

 

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10 Hudson Yards is located at the northwest corner of Tenth Avenue and West 30th Street. It has connected access to the High Line on the Southwest corner, while the elevated walkway runs parallel in front of the lobby to the South. It is also conveniently located near the new station for the 7 Train Extension. Designed by KPF, the 52-story building ascends to 895 feet. It contains a mix of tenants from name brand retailer Coach, to technology company SAP and cosmetic giant L’Oreal, to name a few.

 

The structure, clad in shingled unitized glass panels, is impressive and evokes a statement of modern sophistication. The building’s crystalline structure terminates in a dramatic point at the top and has columns at the base that straddle over the High Line. The entire building encompasses 1.8 million square feet. Some of the most exciting aspects of the project are the structural glass feature walls for for the lobby and atrium engineered and installed by W&W Glass.

 

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Photo Credit: http://newyorkyimby.com/

 

W&W Glass used Optiwhite Low-Iron SGP Laminated Glass with Ipasol Bright Low-e on the #2 surface for the Pilkington Planar™ point-supported cable walls. Custom stainless steel patch fittings and Galfan link-locked cables serve as the support hardware for the 10’ wide glass panels. The 82-foot tall transparent structural glass lobby walls cloak the entire South podium and portions of the West and East. One of the engineering marvels on this facade are the two 10-foot-wide structureless corners supported only by thin stainless steel angles bonded to the inner corners. The Coach atrium is a 207-foot tall trapezoid-shaped Pilkington Planar™ Optiwhite low-iron laminated glass tension cable facade spanning from floors 6 to 21. This wall is highly visible from the High Line when approaching the tower from the South. The interior features a dramatic, high-span open atrium with inset one and two-story, full-height low-iron glass conference rooms on either side. Metal panel coping with LED lights line each level to create a dramatic display of depth. Low-iron floor to ceiling glass corridors in the atrium offer a clear view of the High Line walkway below and downtown Manhattan as well.

 

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Photo Credit: http://newyorkyimby.com/

 

Once the project is completed, this progressive expansion will generate approximately $477 million in New York City tax revenues and an estimated $89 million in dedicated MTA taxes and ground lease payments. According to officials at the MTA, this would be enough to either renovate four subway stations, purchase 35 new subway cars, replace 3.6 miles of track and switches, or purchase 136 new houses. Hudson Yards will completely transform the area by providing a much-needed connection between the neighborhood districts of Chelsea and Clinton. From a residential perspective, it will also provide housing, public open space, and amenities that experts say are more critical today than ever before for new developments to thrive.

 

The photos really tell the story. Click here to take a first look at all of the great photos showing W&W Glass’ work on the lobby walls, Coach atrium wall, and interior glass conference rooms. (Photos courtesy of Yimby, 2016) For more information on all the projects completed and underway by W&W Glass, go to wwglass.com and look under the Portfolio Section.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area

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