277 Fifth Avenue | NYC

277 Fifth Avenue | NYC

277 5th Avenue Offers Expansive Views Without Cutting Corners

Just steps from Madison Square Park, 277 Fifth Avenue’s condominium residences offer a classic but modern design with incomparable views and an enviable location in Manhattan’s most sought-after and centrally located neighborhood.

 

277 5th Avenue, rendering via 277fifth.com/architecture

 

Known as NoMad, this Manhattan neighborhood is an energetic and dynamic location with a global point of view. This new high rise is slated to be a 53-story building that will stand 705 feet tall, with 141 condominiums units that divide the 209,087 square feet of space. Residences will average nearly 1,500 square feet apiece, and the project will also include 7,900 square feet of retail space on the first two floors. Located on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 30th Street, 277 Fifth Avenue is situated in the epicenter of fashion, technology, entertainment, and residential living. The area’s popularity stems from being close to trendy restaurants and shops, art and cultural venues, health and fitness destinations, and abundant green spaces.

 

Owner Victor Group is developing the site after picking up the assemblage for $99 million last year, and Lendlease is helping finance and co-develop the project, which will have a total cost of $400 million. Victor tapped Rafael Viñoly Architects as the lead architecture firm for the project. Rafael Viñoly has become increasingly popular in New York City for high-end residential projects, and while 432 Park Avenue is the architect’s most notable addition to the skyline, he has another major project in the works at 125 Greenwich Street. 277 Fifth Avenue will more closely resemble the latter project with a facade encapsulating a simple, square and slender envelope while mixing in texture with vertical bands of panels. 277 5th will have unobstructed views of the Flatiron Building, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and both the East River and Hudson River.

 


Due to the intricate design of the exterior curtain wall, the project team knew that the new condominium building needed an erector that specializes in this type of design and construction, so they chose the nationally-acclaimed firm of W&W Glass to spearhead the engineering and installation of the integrated facade of glass and panels.

 

W&W Glass selected a SOTAWALL® Hybrid-Wall® to cover the majority of the facade that includes integrated column cladding consisting of 1/2″ thick Ferro extruded fiber reinforced concrete panels with a “liquide black” matte finish manufactured in Germany by Reider. The glass product used in the unitized curtain wall was supplied by Viracon in 1-1/8 inch argon-filled insulating glass units with VRE1-38 low-e that covered more than 200,000 square feet of facade. Every condo will have the added benefit of a tall zero siteline operable awning window, 2′ wide x 8’10” tall, for fresh air.

 

 

Residences start at the eleventh floor, giving each unit the benefit of a view. Some condominiums from the 40th floor up will have at least one open terrace, double-height space at one building corner. Four double-height loggias will be created, one on each corner, alternating around the building at every other floor. A loggia is a sheltered, open-air space that allows a terrace. W&W project manager Owen McCarthy says the loggias were also made from panels of insulated VRE1-38 units by Viracon that are 1-1/8 inch thick. The loggias were a very custom element to the design that would not easily be accomplished with the main unitized curtain wall due to span. To this end, they were built as stick curtain walls using a Erie Architectural Product’s EF 30 SW series Enviro Facades™. Each loggia will be fit with German-engineered Schuco ASS 50 lift and slide doors for superior air and water performance. Of the three penthouses created, the highest two will occupy a full floor and encompass the whole width of the building in lieu of just a corner. These two loggia terraces will have the added benefit of an outdoor spa.

 

277 5th Avenue Loggias, rendering via Curbed NY

 

The first two floors of the building are dedicated to retail space. At the podium, an EF 30 UW Enviro Façade unitized wall covers 7,000 square feet with Sedak 13/16 tempered laminated glass glazed in for the retail portion. Above that will be a two-floor amenity suite that includes an entertainment lounge, separate bar and catering pantry, private dining room, children’s club, gaming lounge, fitness center, and a landscaped terrace along Fifth Avenue.

 

There will be a full-time doorman, porter services, live-in resident manager, private storage, pet priority program, dry cleaning, and vehicle concierge. Floor-heights increase as the building rises, adding some architectural interest from the exterior and always desirable higher ceiling space for owners. Condominiums will range from two to four units per floor, besides full-floor units on the eighth, 49th, and 50th stories. Amenities (including a lounge, fitness center, library, and spa) will be located above the retail space. Once completed and open later next year, this certainly will be one of the most attractive new condos in the area.

 

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, go to check out our portfolio section. More photos and projects are constantly being added.

 

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.

118 Fulton Street | NYC

118 Fulton Street – A Sleek and Textured Tower

 

Even though completion of the 118 Fulton Street luxury high rise isn’t expected before this time next year, the towering structure has been making swift progress over the past few months, and now, the 752-foot-tall tower has officially topped-out. Developed by Carmel Partners, the foundation work was still ongoing just over a year ago, with the 66-story building’s rise since then speeding along at an impressive pace. The project was slowed up a bit when Carmel Partners acquired the site from The Lightstone Group back in September of 2014 for $171 million.

 

118 Fulton Street, image by Bernstein Associates Photographers courtesy of NEW YORK YIMBY

 

Gilbane Building Company has been retained as the construction manager by Carmel Partners to build this sleek residential tower in Manhattan’s Financial District. The new development consists of 483 mixed-income luxury apartment rentals, including 97 affordable units and 12 penthouse units. The project also boasts two floors of retail space and three amenity levels, including a health club, terrace, 64th floor lounge, and a rooftop terrace.

 

Given the corridor’s heavy pedestrian traffic, a strong retail presence is appropriate. Current plans for 118 Fulton meet the street in an attractive format, engaging with the built fabric to enhance the block’s street wall with a relatively hefty base, before massing shrinks and the tower continues its ascent. Adding to the iconic structures in the Financial District, this tall, slender skyscraper is completely enveloped in curtain wall with clear vision and patterned glass, creating a striking glass facade to add to lower Manhattan’s skyline.

 

Even though the overall exterior design is a more traditional box shape, the building’s shear height should help it to hold it’s own with so many new towers going up in the vicinity. Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects is the design architect, and SLCE Architects is the architect of record. The design team knew the heavily glass-clad facade required a firm with a high-degree of capability in design and execution on projects like this so they selected the nationally-acclaimed, New York-based glazing contractor W&W Glass, LLC based on experience and competitive pricing to handle the exterior curtain wall work.

 


 

According to W&W project manager Ana Barrueto-Daley, the project is massive. The plan called for a HYBRID-WALL® 2 by SOTAWALL® covering 214,000 sqft of structurally-glazed exterior facade using 4,846 full size unitized panels (with over 900 operable windows), plus 100 parapet panels. The panels are all large and in varied sizes from 4′-4″ wide x 9′-10″ tall from 5th to 41st floor and then 4′-4″ wide x 10′-4″ tall from the 42nd floor up. The glazing utilized three types of glass: vision, standard full surface spandrel, and custom spandrel with digitally-printed ceramic frit patterns. All three were fabricated by Viracon. The spandrel glass with digital frit gives the building its “white stripes” that will reflect the sunlight or blend into the facade, depending on the light orientation during the day.

 

 

While being called “apartments”, the rental units will average a spacious 1,124 square feet each and feel more like condominiums. 118 Fulton’s recent topping-out is only the latest milestone in Fulton Street’s rapid evolution, and several smaller projects have recently sprouted in surrounding blocks. While the impact of the glassy box on the skyline may be subtle, its effects on the streetscape down below will be both beneficial and significant, injecting another component that will help complete Fulton Street’s transition into a mixed-use corridor. Leasing is scheduled to begin this spring.

 

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, visit our 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.

The Lucida

A Decades-Old Movement With A New Twist

 

To say New York’s residential building known as the The Lucida is different is stating the obvious. It really should be described more as a cubic mass, castle instead of a mixed-use tower or skyscraper. This haven for city dwellers was a massive undertaking that occupies fully half of the block that stretches between Lexington and Third avenues and between 86th and 85th streets. Erected in 2009 by owner Extell Development Company, the 20-story, glass-sheathed building, designed by COOKFOX (formerly Cook + Fox Architects) has a main entrance at 1269 Lexington Avenue. The building has three floors of ground-level retail with large, expansive bays of structural glass. In 2010, Vornado Realty Trust acquired the 96,000-square-foot retail space from Extell for $165 million. The deal also included 24 rental apartments. While its amenities include a doorman, a concierge, a spa with a pool, a residents lounge with a catering kitchen, and a children’s playroom, the main attraction is the exterior glass façade of the building.

 


The defining formal element of this building is its sleek curtain wall with a large vertical relief on Lexington and cut in set backs as it nears the top on all sides like ramparts. There are no traditional spandrel breaks between floors, yet it retains a certain modular regularity that runs the entire length and breadth of the building. This glass cladding imparts a steel jade tint to the project as a whole. The Lucida is resolutely modern, all sharp angles and sheer glass cladding.

 


W&W Glass was tasked with helping create this true example of “deconstructivism.” Deconstructivism is a movement of postmodern architecture which appeared in the 1980s, which gives the impression of the fragmentation of the constructed building. It is characterized by an absence of harmony, continuity, or symmetry. Besides fragmentation, deconstructivism often manipulates the structure’s surface skin and creates by non-rectilinear shapes which appear to distort and dislocate elements of architecture (as shown by the setbacks). The finished visual appearance is characterized by unpredictability and controlled chaos, in this case like that of Rubix Cube. An interesting element in the upper part of the Lucida, and this is where the deconstructivist element kicks in even more, is the way it straddles its base at a slight angle. The effect is such as to suggest one building set atop another, at a slight angle. In many another deconstructivist buildings, such irregularity results in a feeling of displeasing irresolution and incompleteness. At the Lucida, by contrast, it creates a dramatic effect. The W&W Glass installation utilized a Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® unitized curtain wall system and a Pilkington Optiwhite™ Pilkington Planar™ point supported structural glass retail storefront system at the podium.

 

 

In 2010 the LEED Certified Lucida received an Award of Merit from publisher New York Construction. With The Lucida we see the deconstructivist style, playfully stepping away from being just a continuous glass box, used effectively in New York City. This building creates diversity to the neighborhood and creates an element of excitement to the Upper East side.


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.                                                            

 

The Glass Makes it Clear to See The Continental is Stunning

To some New Yorkers, The Continental tower will always be known as “Tower 111.” It was originally named Tower 111 while on the books for many years, aptly named after the developer Tower 111, LLC, before changing officially to The Continental during the 2008 financial collapse. The tower occupies the southeast corner of Avenue of the Americas and 32nd Street, located at 855 Sixth Avenue, overlooking Greeley and Herald Squares.  The building serves as a mixed-use building consisting of a 5-story podium stepping back to 48-stories of luxury rental apartments.  The 53-story tower has 31,000-square feet of retail space, one floor of offices, and 338 rental units. This 554-foot tall, modernist building was completed in 2011.  In order to make The Continental stand out from the pack, design architect Costas Kondylis + Partners decided to go with a distinct all glass exterior facade, infrequently seen in this area for residential buildings.

 

The Glass Makes

 

The architects and contractor Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc. knew it would take special expertise to install massive high quality unitized curtain wall on this large project.  That is why they chose one of the most well-known architectural glass facade experts in the business – W&W Glass.

 

W&W Glass put their years of expertise in NYC design and construction to use by constructing a Sotawall™ Hybrid-Wall™ curtain wall system. This project utilized 182,000-square-feet of unitized curtainwall panelized into 4,330 prefabricated frames.  The exterior skin features 10′ tall floor-to-ceiling windows and thin vertical mullions.  Panels were set from each floor onto anchors bolted to the top of the concrete slabs allowing for better tolerance, thereby eliminating the need for embed coordination and installation.  Structurally-glazed zero-sightline windows and spandrel glass were integrated into the panels to create a weather-tight, comprehensive system.

 

The Glass Makes

 

There is no shortage of expansive views of the city skyline and bountiful amenities to fulfill the desires of all tenants at this prime address.  The Continental stands out in a neighborhood of brick and precast concrete.

 

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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