The Orion – NYC

The Orion – NYC

Towering Excellence Worthy of the Stars

 

Putting its residents close to everything, one of the best known residential skyscrapers in New York, The Orion, is right in between 8th and 9th avenues where restaurants, Times Square, the Theater District, and a myriad of subways and buses are right outside the door. Living up to its iconic name, the Orion is a towering, 60-story, glass residential building in Midtown West that, ever since its completion almost a decade ago, has been the apple of many buyers’ and renters’ eyes. No wonder it was named after one of the most conspicuous constellations in the sky. The Orion was the first modern residential tower to bring sleek and sophisticated living to the west side of Times Square. 

 

 

CetraRuddy, the architect and interior designer, designed this ground-up, massive residential building for Extell Development Company. The 650,000 square-foot tower is one of New York City’s loftiest, notably the sixth tallest residential building at the time of its completion. It’s impressive in stature and its vibrant in color with a brilliant blue and green glass curtain wall that may have even inspired its moniker.  


Located at 350 West 42nd Street, the elegant and sculptural tower contains 550 apartments, most of which feature dramatic 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Central Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan. Resident amenities are centrally located on the 29th and 30th floors and include a luxurious 8,500 square-foot fitness center.

 


The building color pays homage to its historic neighbor to the east, the McGraw-Hill Building. The construction and architectural team wanted a striking look to make the building standout for years to come. They hired W&W Glass to install the impressive unitized curtain wall. The team’s choice was a Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® System. The distinguishing feature of Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® is its ability to install between floor slabs like that of a standard window wall, while maintaining the superior performance of a pre-glazed, unitized curtain wall. This allowed the system to be installed with greater adjustment tolerances using field drilled anchors in lieu of embeds in concrete. It also kept the stand-off distance from the building slabs to a minimum with notched out mullions in the spandrel areas.

 

The building includes 20,000 square feet of amenity space which incorporates a breakfast café, indoor swimming pools, as well as screening rooms. The building entrance complements the dramatic exterior with 18-foot lobby ceilings and sophisticated, modern decor featuring rosewood and metal paneling, and a 50-foot long angled wall of variegated Pompeiian stone.

 

 

The luxurious units at The Orion were so coveted when the building was first being sold it set off a pre-sale frenzy. Voted one of the top amenity and service buildings in NYC, The Orion offers a full-time doorman, on-site garage, concierge services and an amazing three-story amenity suite. This high-end tower in the sky certainly offers a five-star experience across the board.  

 

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.

 

Queens Plaza Towers Rising and Renewing A Neigborhood

With a long rich heritage that is documented back to the early 1900s, the area known as Long Island City has a new neighborhood called Queens Plaza. This area is sprouting a small metropolis worth of skyscrapers, ushering in thousands of new residents, hundreds of hotel rooms, and a few hundred thousand square feet of office space. Once the site of the 18th-century village called Dutch Kills, Queens Plaza straddles the western end of Queens Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens, between 21st Street and Jackson Avenue and is surrounded by elevated subway tracks and the Queensboro Bridge.

 

With the neighborhood’s quick access to Midtown and now the up and coming Hudson Yards development, it’s no mystery why the plaza is turning into Manhattan’s newest bedroom community. Of more than 30 new projects underway in the district, the newest residents will get to call a trio of buildings their home when completed in 2018. Owned by Tishman Speyer, the large scale glass-wall structures will sport over 1,800 new luxury apartments.

 

The project has actually been on the books since way back in the last days of the Giuliani Administration, when FXFOWLE Architects designed a 4.2 million-square-foot development called “Midtown East Queens.” The $1.4 billion scheme, which would’ve been a trio of crystalline-shaped towers, fell through after September 11th. However, in 2004, The New York City Economic Development Corporation signed a deal with Tishman Speyer for a 99-year lease on the city-owned property that stipulated that Tishman would have to start building no later than 2015.

 

With the notice to proceed, the final design was conceived by AJLP Consulting, the architecture team of Goldstein, Hill and West, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects for the project to have three different construction companies build each tower simultaneously – Turner Construction (Building A), Hudson Meridian (Building B1), and Triton Construction (Building B2).

 

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For the intricate and sophisticated glass design, W&W Glass was selected to supply curtain walls for all three buildings. W&W Glass was chosen due to their vast experience with extremely tall glass-dominated towers. These towers are higher than average, with Building A rising up 48 stories while Building B1 and B2 tower up 57 and 47 stories each.

 

The professionals at W&W Glass chose Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall®, a high performance unitized curtain wall system that is specially designed for hi-rise residential buildings. Viracon insulated glass was chosen for their high quality fabricated glass products and their capability to supply the large volume of glass required within the tight schedule. The structurally-glazed system was comprised of floor to ceiling glass with spandrel glass and zero-siteline operable vents integrated in. Most vision glass panels were typically 5′ wide by 10′ tall, with overall glass for the project totaling up to more than 700,000 square feet. The glass towers were designed as a group to have a unique pixelated appearance from a distance with alternating vertical bands of dark and light glazing. This gives the development a cohesive signature appearance. 

 

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Aside from the new apartments, the $875 million trio will contain roughly 3,000 square feet of retail space and a 2.5-acre central park. The new buildings are directly adjacent to two new towers that are earmarked for commercial space as WeWork and Macys have committed to locating there. Tishman was prepared to build the complex on spec, but ended up pre-leasing nearly half of the $700 million development, or more than 800,000 square feet–250,000 to WeWork Cos. and 550,000 to Macy’s Inc. Looks like there is much more to come in this bustling neighborhood.

 

To learn more on the progress of these buildings, click here.

 

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.                                                            

 

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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Photo Credit: New York YIMBY

 

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.

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