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TowerDude Dec 3, 2017 4:34 AM


Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 8006304)
The cladding is essentially a "rainscreen" where the finish material, in this case a very classy ogee terra cotta, floats over the real weather barrier and structural panel which here is faced in what appears to be aluminum and attached with stainless steel clips, brackets and hardware which can be adjusted. Absolute kudos to SHoP for insisting on this "imperfect" slightly misaligned look as it adds so much textural interest. I wasn't sure about it when I first saw the cladding mock-up but I love it seeing it rise.

The "on purpose imperfections" are a bit too imperfect for me ... I keep wanting to fix it.

NYguy Dec 3, 2017 5:52 AM


Originally Posted by Prezrezc (Post 8006202)
Two questions, one rhetorical and one that order:

1. Where did they get the inspiration for the terra-cotta design?

2. Are the contours of the bronze component supposed to change as the tower rises further?

Older video, but again everything you need to know about the building and the design...(13 min in for materials)

Video Link

Two minutes in here for more on the facade...

Video Link

dbp80203 Dec 3, 2017 5:37 PM


Originally Posted by JSsocal (Post 8006220)
You are seeing this building correctly, this is indeed terra cotta that is not directly a part of a masonry construction, but is instead clipped onto each facade panel in a pre-fabricated piece. Yes probably done for expansion/contraction, water handling, lighter weight, less labor, & ease of maintenance.

Grenfell tower in London? Completely different. That building affixed flammable insulation to the exterior of a concrete facade, and that insulation is what caught fire all the way up. This building acts more like a traditional curtain wall skyscraper instead of a masonry building, where the facade is built from non-combustible & fire-rated components and hangs on the structure.

Thank you. I was confused as to what I was looking at along with the usage of the term 'cladding', hence the bunny trail to Grenfell. Unless I am watching re-runs of Gilligan's Island, I guess I expect a building to have a solid surface for the facade. I suspect that the honey bees in Central Park would enjoy the protected space behind.

LMich Dec 4, 2017 10:14 AM

Now you have me confused. Are you saying you've never heard of a curtain wall construction? Applied masonry on skyscrapers has the exception to the rule for decades since curtain walls are so much quicker to construct, easier for maintenance, and thus cheaper all the way around.

TonyL Dec 5, 2017 11:46 PM

For those looking for this, the first setback occurs exactly 9 floors above the second mechanical floor which has just been completed so we are probably 6 floors away from the first setback.

NYguy Dec 6, 2017 2:29 AM


TonyL Dec 6, 2017 12:01 PM

Going back to the pics from Nov 2, it looks like they are still on track completing roughly 5 floors a month.

Koodoo25 Dec 9, 2017 8:51 AM

Glass on the northern side of the building is now visible from Central Park (Dec 8th)

nylkoorB Dec 9, 2017 7:02 PM


Originally Posted by Koodoo25 (Post 8013595)
Glass on the northern side of the building is now visible from Central Park (Dec 8th)

Lowkey that seems like a pretty big milestone :cheers:

NYguy Dec 10, 2017 2:37 AM

December 9, 2017

nylkoorB Dec 10, 2017 8:57 PM

Love the snow pics NYguy!

NYguy Dec 11, 2017 3:02 PM


Originally Posted by nylkoorB (Post 8014630)
Love the snow pics NYguy!

I like snow pics. I can imagine the illuminated crown as a beacon in the snow.

NYguy Dec 11, 2017 11:34 PM

Working in the snow...

NYguy Dec 13, 2017 12:40 AM

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NYguy Dec 14, 2017 3:33 AM


Bronze, glass and terra-cotta climbing up the shear wall at #111w57. Photo by Five Borough Films.



Prezrezc Dec 14, 2017 2:44 PM

#'s 18 & 19:

How apropos....

Zerton Dec 14, 2017 3:59 PM


I wonder how much the window cleaners are going to hate those branches across the glass.

Also - I hope at night the side facade looks "real" (as in not just glass covering a blank wall).

NYguy Dec 14, 2017 9:04 PM

^ From what we've seen so far, I think it will be fine.

NYguy Dec 15, 2017 1:46 AM


NYguy Dec 16, 2017 3:11 AM

DECEMBER 15, 2017

Snowy night...


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