REX starts sewing a pleated-glass facade onto a brutalist Manhattan tower

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

Last year, AN explored REX’s strategy to revamp a brutalist, ziggurat-shaped tower on Manhattan‘s west side with a modern, pleated-glass facade. Since the Davis Brody Bond–designed structure was originally a warehouse, developer Brookfield Properties thought it made sense to give the building a glassy facelift before the tech companies moved in.

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Product> Wrap It Up: Six Creative Cladding Materials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy Thermocromex)

Thanks in large part to advances in protective coatings and insulation products, buildings big and small can be clad in a variety of materials; when creatively sheathed, even a basic box can achieve an anything-but-ordinary appearance.

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Product> Goodness Gracious, Great Walls Aspire: Top Facade Products

Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy James Hardie)

The defining aspect of every building—the facade—is where the artistic aspiration is most visible and where the performance factor is most vulnerable. These new cladding and construction products prove beauty is certainly more than skin deep.

Reveal Panel System
James Hardie

Developed specifically for multi-family, mixed-use, senior living, and light commercial facilities, these panels can be cut on-site to deliver an expressed joint look with deep shadow lines. Trims and fasteners can be field painted, or their metal finishes left exposed. The ventilated rainscreen assembly incorporates best practices for moisture management.

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Jeanne Gang, Wanda Group unveil new renderings for supertall Wanda Vista tower in Chicago

(Studio Gang Architects)

(Studio Gang Architects)

Studio Gang’s Wanda Tower may climb even higher than originally planned. New renderings revealed Monday night show the tower topping out at 93 stories instead of the previous 88. At 1,144 feet, the tower, whose development is being bankrolled by Beijing-based Wanda Group, would be the third-tallest tower in Chicago (provided it fits the standards of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, who arbitrate such matters.)

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Product> Opening Statements: Six New Facade Elements

Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy CRL-U.S. Aluminum)

From door assemblies and curtainwalls to specialty glazing, these innovative new products combine aesthetic appeal with high performance.

Entice Entrance System
CRL-U.S. Aluminum

This is the first premium storefront of its kind that meets and exceeds the industry’s ever-evolving building codes and energy conservation requirements while maintaining an air of contemporary elegance. Designed with minimal vertical lines, and able to support door handle hardware on 1″ insulating glass panels via specialized thru-glass fittings, the system is also available in a hybrid configuration with fully integrated, prewired and serviceable LED lights that accent the top and bottom of the door.

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It’s a Wrap: Highlights from AN’s first Los Angeles Facades+ Conference

West
Friday, February 13, 2015
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The symposium at Facades+ covers the latest topics in the field.

The symposium at Facades+ covers the latest topics in the field.

 

The first-ever Los Angeles Facades + conference, organized by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, held in the shadow of Bunker Hill’s glassy towers, showcased the city’s technical and creative talent while introducing participants to the building envelope field’s latest technologies and trends.

Keynote speaker James Carpenter set a sophisticated tone, showing off richly complex work that explores both the “cinematic” and “volumetric qualities of light.” His World Trade Center 7 base, he pointed out, uses a subtle shift in plane to create an ethereal glow, while another project for Gucci in Tokyo uses prismatic light to recreate the qualities of a Japanese lantern. Other highlights included his louvered Israel Museum and his new exploration of optical aluminum, thin glasses, and computer etched glass.

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Glass Magazine Calls Facades+ LA Conference “invigorating” and “exciting”

Architecture, National
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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(courtesy wikipedia commons)

(courtesy wikipedia commons)

Thanks to our friends at Glass magazine for attending the recent Facades+ LA conference. They’ve provided an excellent wrap-up of the event, which they called “invigorating and exciting.” Editor Katy Devlin identified ten key themes from the conference: net zero building, net zero ready, material transparency, durability and sustainability, preservation, value, updatability, dynamic and integrated facades, human health, and water conservation. This variety and depth of subjects are precisely what makes the Facades+ conferences so important to the A/E/C industry. Next up, Facades+ AM in Washington, on March 5. Join the conversation!

Nashville breaks ground on Bridgestone’s 30-story tower in downtown SoBro district

Bridgestone Americas' new headquarters in downtown Nashville is expected to open in 2017. (Perkins + Will)

Bridgestone Americas’ new headquarters in downtown Nashville is expected to open in 2017. (Perkins + Will)

Nashville, long known more as a mecca for Country Music than a development hotspot, is enjoying a downtown resurgence. Projects like Music City Center and the redevelopment of the Tennessee capital’s convention center are forging a new urban character for Nashville.

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Learn and Earn CES LU Credits at Facades+ Los Angeles

Architecture, Technology, West
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Facades+ tech workshops offer hands-on exposure to digital design methods.

Facades+ tech workshops offer hands-on exposure to digital design methods.

In the fast-paced world of building design, hands-on instruction in new methods can be hard to come by. Next month, attendees at Facades+ LA can take advantage of a unique opportunity for one-on-one guidance in digital tools at tech workshops intimately connected to the themes of the conference. “The tech workshops are a great way to learn cutting edge methods that are regularly at the core of what is presented in the symposium and dialog sessions,” remarked Thornton Tomasetti‘s Matt Naugle, a veteran Facades+ tech workshop instructor.

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Pictorial> OneEleven, Chicago’s ritzy Loop residential with a rocky history

OneEleven, at 111 W. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. (Kevin Zolkiewicz via Flickr)

OneEleven, at 111 W. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. (Kevin Zolkiewicz via Flickr)

Developers Related completed its resurrection of 111 West Wacker Drive earlier this year, opening a luxury rental tower on the Chicago River where for years stood a ghostly concrete frame left over from a previous owner’s attempt to build. Read More

Talking tall buildings in Shanghai

In September the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) gathered high-minded designers, developers and engineers for a conference in Shanghai. CTBUH, which often partners with AN on conferences, including our own Facades+ events, invited me to serve as a special media correspondent for the conference, held September 16–19. I spent most of the time conducting video interviews with the symposium guests, which we’ll post here on the AN blog as they become available. For now, here’ a quick overview of the topics discussed.

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