“Studio Gang’s dramatic Solar Carve building has … topped out next to the High Line. The office building … stands 10-stories tall, and is located on Tenth Avenue between West 13th and 14th Streets.
Now officially known as 40 Tenth Avenue, the building got its solar carve moniker from the particular design technology adopted by Studio Gang. The architecture firm describes it as ‘using incident angles of the sun’s rays to sculpt a building’s form to prevent it from casting shadows on either the adjacent High Line or the street.’”
About the Project
Located at the edge of Manhattan between the High Line park and the Hudson River, 40 Tenth Avenue takes its unique form from the geometric relationships between the building’s allowable envelope and the sun’s path, as well as the viewshed between the park and the Hudson. In addition to producing a faceted, gem-like facade, this integrated response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line—privileging light, fresh air, and river views to the public park—while also becoming a new iconic silhouette on the New York skyline.
The design advances Studio Gang’s “solar carving” strategy for enhancing connectivity in tall buildings. Developed through the Studio’s ongoing tall building research, solar carving involves using incident angles of the sun’s rays to sculpt a building’s form.
“Sculpted by the angles of the sun, 40 Tenth Avenue explores how shaping a building in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its architectural potential”.
The glazing system has been geometrically optimized into a pattern of three-dimensional facets that articulate the carved sections of the tower. The curtain wall unit is composed of a central diamond-shaped panel tiling downward, surrounded by four triangular pieces that are perpendicular to the slab to achieve standard stack joints. The carved curtain wall not only blocks sun glare and heat gain but also creates dynamic corner workspaces. The facade will feature high-performance glass with low reflectivity.
The 139,000-square-foot scheme will contain more than 40,000 square feet of retail space fronting onto 10th Avenue. The scheme also includes over 20,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a 10,000 square foot shared roof deck and 8,000 square foot second-floor balcony adjacent to The High Line.
40 Tenth Avenue topped out on April 12, 2018, with an anticipated completion date in March 2019.
News and project description via Studio Gang
Location: New York
Status: Under construction
Client: 40-56 Tenth Ave Joint Ventures, LLC
Size: 166,750 sf
Sustainability: Targeting LEED Gold