May 27, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 21
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Project news Tartan grid adds to Soho, New York’s character
“We had a partnership with the designer, so complex problems with the integration of elaborate curtain wall were solved. The large zero sight line vent took a lot of engineering. It’s an operable window and when closed, you can’t tell it’s operable. We strived to achieve the zero sight line that the architect wanted, maintaining the sight line of aluminum components.”
—Harold Eisner, President, Phoenix Light Space Systems

The basics: Architects designed Soho Mews, a two-building residential enclave at 311 W. Broadway, New York, to echo the neighborhood’s 19th century cast iron geometric and modular industrial buildings. The façade, composed of stone, metal and clear, frosted and fritted glass, has a subtly complex tartan pattern that gives depth and texture to the building’s exterior. The buildings contain 59 lofts, five townhouses and four penthouses at a construction cost of $100 million, including $7 million for glazing. Occupancy is scheduled for late 2008.
The players: Developer, United American Land LLC, New York; architect: Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects LLC, New York; general contractor: Plaza Construction Corp., New York; glazing contractor, Phoenix Light Space Systems, Pittsburgh; glass fabricators, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.; AFG Flat Glass North America Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.; curtain wall/window wall fabricator, Phoenix Light Space Systems; aluminum extruder, Keymark Corp., Fonda, N.Y.
The glass and systems: The main insulating vision glass from Guardian consists of an exterior lite of tempered ¼-inch glass with the No. 1 surface clear and No. 2 surface coated with SunGuard SN 68. The interior lite is 3/16-inch tempered with No. 3 and No. 4 faces clear, with overall unit thickness of 1 inch. AFG translucent frosted glass has a ¼-inch exterior lite that is acid etched on the No. 2 face, a ½-inch air space, and a ¼-inch interior lite with the No. 3 face acid etched. The fritted glass consists of 1-inch AFG clear tempered with 50-percent white silkscreen lines on the No. 2 face, and ¼-inch tempered exterior lite and 3/16-inch interior lite. Aluminum curtain wall includes a modified pressure wall stick-built system with double mullions, and for the top floors, a four-sided structural glazed unitized system.

Photos courtesy of Soho Mews

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