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Glass tower celebrates New York panorama

Magda Ibrahim
27 Feb 2019

Striking architecture combines with wellness and entertainment at Fifteen Hudson Yards.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and Rockwell Group’s first skyscraper, Fifteen Hudson Yards in New York, has reached completion after four years of construction. 

The 88-storey residential tower – which encloses 980,000sq ft – fuses the largest cold-warped glass curtain wall in North America with a louver and limestone base. 

The 914-foot-tall project rises from a CNC-fabricated limestone base sourced from Carrara, Italy.

Beginning at the 20th storey, the tower dramatically curves using a cold-warped unitized glass curtain wall system. 

The individual glazing units, produced by German manufacturer Interpane, were cold-warped on site using trapezoidal frames with silicone seal joints that anticipated the final form of the panels once they were bent into place. 

“We worked very closely with curtain wall fabricators from concept through execution, and the tower’s form is a product of this close collaboration,” said facade consultant Neil Thelen.

“Using a collaborative parametric approach, we were able to iterate and analyze the impact of the tower’s curved forms on critical parameters such as IGU cold-warping, aluminum extrusion die option, unique part and assembly reduction, gasket engagement, and window operation.” 

Performance arts space The Shed, also designed by DS+R and Rockwell Group, adjoins the smooth limestone surface of Fifteen Hudson Yards along a diagonal seam defined by polished and formed steelwork by CIG Architecture. 

Above the amenity spaces located roughly halfway up the tower—which are clad with glass mega panels—the facade’s curvature increases dramatically, effectively breaking into four turrets.

The facade is designed to withstand 100-year wind loads with a system of structural silicone profiles, mullions, and steel reinforcements for spans greater than twelve feet. 

The 40,000 square feet of amenities at 15 Hudson Yards feature 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. 

The entire 50th floor is dedicated to wellness, including an aquatics center with a 75-foot-long swimming pool, private spa with treatment rooms, beauty bar, fitness center, private studio for yoga and group classes, and a children’s imagination center. 

The 51st floor is devoted to entertaining, leisure and cultural pursuits, featuring a club room, two corner private dining suites, sound-proof screening and performance room, golf club lounge, wine storage and tasting room, business center, and a collaborative work space. In the spring, a new suite of amenities on the Skytop level of Fifteen Hudson Yards will also open. 

“For Fifteen Hudson Yards, our goal was to create interior spaces that are simultaneously calm and strong. We developed a rich, meticulously-detailed palette of natural materials, making the most out of the building’s orientation and daylight, to underline the extraordinary views of the city’s dynamic, ever-changing skyline,” said David Rockwell, founder and president, Rockwell Group. 

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