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Original Architect: Davis Brody Architect: REX Steel manufacturer and installer: Permasteelisa Date of Completion: 1970 Date of retrofit completion: expected 2016
Before BIG built its pyramid on New York’s west side, there was the concrete ziggurat at 450 West 33rd Street, designed by Davis Brody (now Davis Brody Bond) and completed in 1970. The 16-story office building lost whatever Brutalist charm it possessed when, in the 1980s, its precast concrete facade was painted beige and covered with brown metal panels and it gained the dubious honor of being one of the ugliest structures in New York. Now known as Five Manhattan West, the building is undergoing another makeover, spearheaded by REX, to update its facade with the latest in form-fitting fenestration.
The client, Brookfield Office Properties, was committed to transforming its ugly duckling into a swan. “If anything, our initial design sketches weren’t ambitious enough,” said REX founding principal Joshua Prince-Ramus. “We were trying to do something innovative and exciting thinking that we were pushing the envelope, and then they said ‘it’s a bigger envelope.’” REX ultimately devised a “pleated” glass facade that ripples down the building to flood the large, open interiors with light. These pleats are composed of panels angling out toward each other from the floor and ceiling, a design driven by the need to mitigate the structure’s slope, which limited the leasable space along the interior perimeter. But the unique form is more than just window dressing. According to Prince-Ramus, “What’s interesting about the geometry is that the sun doesn’t hit the lower piece of glass, so we can have a building that is transparent and simultaneously energy efficient.”
Every adaptive reuse project presents unique and unexpected challenges. To compensate for weakness or irregularity in the nearly 50-year-old concrete slabs, REX devised an unobtrusive steel substructure to support their new facade. Beyond re-cladding the building, the architects dramatically reconfigured its lobby and improved its core and mechanical systems. Impressively, this was all done while tenants continued to occupy the building.
The glistening glass pyramid will anchor Brookfield’s adjacent Manhattan West development and its investment and ambition seem to be paying off. The massive floor slabs and floor-to-ceiling windows are attracting tech companies and other businesses looking for nontraditional office space. The anything-but-retro retrofit will be completed by the end of this year but the transformation is already profound. At street level, Five Manhattan West feels brighter and less imposing. Though its edges may have softened, the once-Brutalist building still cuts a distinct figure among the increasingly anonymous glass towers of Manhattan.
One of Zahner’s classic facade manufacturing techniques has now become streamlined thanks to its automated method for creating perforated louvered screen wall facade systems. Now it is easy to create picotage effects for architectural metal that allow airflow without harsh sunlight.Fabrik Shildan for Flexbrick
Fabrik is very much like a textile for exterior architecture. It consists of a steel framework into which materials are woven (including terra-cotta, glass, wood, etc.) to create endless patterns in a flexible architectural mesh. In addition to facades, Fabrik can be used for pavement, roofing, shade screens, and more.Hudson Cambridge Architectural
Designed for parkade facades, Hudson is a new stainless-steel mesh pattern and exterior cladding system with an open area of 82 percent. It provides a high level of ventilation, while still being capable of screening indirect sunlight and exterior views from the street.Simple Modern Pure + Freeform
Inspired by the designer and creative director’s travels throughout Europe, the finishes are meant to evoke tradition and craft. The Blue Rust finish was taken from the Beverly Pepper sculpture installation outside of the Ara Pacis in Rome. All nine finishes can be used for both interior and exterior spaces.Prodex Prodema
Available in an astonishing ten colors, ProdEx is a construction kit for the cladding of ventilated facades made from natural wood panels consisting of a high density bakelite core, clad in a veneer of natural wood with a surface treated with synthetic resin and an exterior PVDF film, which protects it from solar radiation, dirt, and graffiti.Pura NFC Trespa Pura NFC (natural fiber core) is a sustainable exterior cladding made from up to 70 percent natural fibers infused with thermosetting resins. Pura resembles real wood, is easy to clean, and comes in six natural wood tones. It is also certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
The XGLOSS series is an incredibly resilient high-gloss surface that is suitable for both interior and facade treatments. Nanotechnology lends Dekton’s new colors their luxuriously shiny finish. The five new color options are available in large format slabs in three different thickness options.Translucent Color Portfolio 3Form
3form has expanded its range of translucent color panels to offer 250 options that can be layered with different colors and textures to allow for infinite combinations. The colors can be applied to any of five material options including resin, polycarbonate, glass, recycled acrylic, and recycled resin.Krion Porcelanosa
This exterior wall cladding system is particularly useful against adverse weather conditions, and the development of advanced fixing systems allows Krion to be used in ventilated facades. In addition, it can be thermoformed to create different curves, shapes, or textures. Krion is 100 percent recyclable, and made of an ecological material that is available in a wide range of colors.
UltraClear glass offers maximum clarity and color neutrality, making it virtually invisible. Without the green tint of standard glass, UltraClear allows for picture-perfect views. It can be combined with low-e coatings, and is fabricated, laminated, and heat-treated like standard glass.Trosifol Kuraray
The Diamond White PVB interlayer is a single-layer film that offers the safety of a laminated construction as well as a uniform opaqueness and highly reflective surface. The optical properties are better than that of coated or fritted glass, because the glass does not need to be tempered, which results in less optical distortion.3Seal JE Berkowitz
Composed of a warm edge spacer, primary PIB seal, and two-part silicone secondary seal, 3Seal is robotically applied to ensure an extremely straight sightline, improve thermal performance, increase condensation resistance, promote sound attenuation, and maximize heat-flow resistance.