53rd St Exterior
Location: 53rd Street Manhattan, NY
Owner: 53rd Street Development
Contractor: Procida Construction
Architect: Smith Miller + Hawkinson
Description: The Architectural firm of Smith Miller + Hawkinson developed an ingenious method for maximizing the FAR on this zoning constricted site in Hells Kitchen, New York. The resulting geometry required a highly customized Curtain Wall design from Schuco in order to meet the high standards for load, movement, and sound transmission. However, the aluminum extrusions melt away against the dominant aesthetic feature that is the highly specialized glass, which completely cloaks the building. The glass is not only ultra clear to allow maximum light transmission into the space, but has a special coating to reject sunload. The most unique feature of the glass is a highly technical polarizing inter layer, which enables complete privacy between opposing apartments on the diagonal facade. The extreme high standards demanded of the glass, combined with the unique polarizing feature was simply unavailable by any manufacturer in the USA. Undaunted, the AMFI team identified Bidudit, a glass manufacturer in Israel, who had the necessary experience and guts to undertake the challenge. The glass components were sourced from five different continents, and required exceptional project management from both AMFI and Bidudit to properly execute. This project has been the most challenging in our 18 year history. We had to develop new methods, techniques and product, in order to overcome all obstacles in our way. The AMFI team is held in high regard by all involved with this project.