The renovation of this 1M sf brutalist building repositions it
to Class A status by upgrading its public spaces, bringing
daylight deep into the massive floorplates, transparency to
its street presence, and improving its energy performance.
Derived as a response to the NYC Building code requiring a
6’8” height for accessible paths of travel, the new façade’s
geometry pleats above head strike, opening expansive views
and maintaining maximum leasing space. The over-slung
panes of glass are partially opacified, and self-shade the
under-slung panes, reducing direct solar gain, cooling loads
and glare. Harmonizing with the structure, the pleats
diminish towards the higher floors. The resulting shape
suggests a shimmering cascade or a Fresnel lens that
reflect the sky.