40 Tenth Avenue

Photo: Timothy Schenck

Location
New York

Status
Under construction

Client
40-56 Tenth Ave Joint Ventures, LLC

Type
Office

Size
166,750 sf

Sustainability
Targeting LEED Gold

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Sculpted by the angles of the sun, 40 Tenth Avenue explores how shaping architecture in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its potential to have a positive impact on its environment. Located at the edge of Manhattan between the High Line park and the Hudson River, the building takes its unique form from the geometric relationships between the allowable envelope and the sun’s path.

The as-of-right volume is carved away using the angles of the sun to bring more sunlight to the important public green space of the city’s elevated High Line park when compared with the building’s allowable envelope.

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.

Photo: Timothy Schenck

Section

Level 2 Plan

Photo: Timothy Schenck

Photo: Timothy Schenck

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.

Consultant Team

Arup, structural engineer, facade consultant, and acoustical consultant, daylighting consultant

RA Consultants, geotechnical engineer

GEA Consulting Engineers, MEP/FP, sustainability consultant, and IT and security consultant

Code LLC, expeditor and code consultant

HMWhite, landscape architect

Sullivan Group, BPP consultant

HarPar Engineering, OER consultant

Fisher Marantz Stone, lighting consultant

Joseph Neto and Associates/Lerch Bates, vertical transportation consultant

Lerch Bates, facade access consultant

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