Featured Project: Rooftop Additions at the High Line by @MurdockSolon Architects
Recently, Murdock Solon (formerly Murdock Young) Architects (@MurdockSolon) published a blog post featuring their glass rooftop addition project at 513 West 26th Street. I have the pleasure of collaborating with Shea Murdock and project architect Kara Koirtyohann on this project as part of the construction mangement team at Integrity Contracting and could not pass up the opportunity to feature the project here on RenovatingNYC.com. Integrity Contracting has also collaborated with Murdock Solon/Murdock Young on the renovation of the same buildings in 2004 as well as individual gallery build outs for George Adams, Barry Friedman, and Claire Oliver.
Last year, I put together a short video which includes a brief history of the High Line and an overview of the rooftop addition project using animated Sketch Up models to show the process of the work.
Our biggest challenge on this project was the installation of structural steel at the existing roof level of a 3 story building with gallery occupants below. With a little luck in the weather, tight coordination of all the trades, and the installation of a temporary heavyweight tarp over heavy gauge metal stud as joists, we were successful in keeping rain and snow from causing any damage during the steel installation and existing roof removal phase of the project. The project is currently scheduled for completion in May 2012.
Murdock Solon Architect’s blog post featuring the Rooftop Addition follows here, with a separate post featuring an interview with the project architect below.
Enter Murdock Solon Architect:
Local NYC Architect Takes on Chelsea Rooftops
Take the newly finished High Line to 26th street and look up. Here you’ll find one of Murdock Solon Architect’s latest projects – three glass rooftop additions on 513-521 West 26th Street.
This view from the High Line has been top of mind from the onset of the project. With the High Line’s elevated experience, users see New York City from a new angle, making sections of buildings that were once not as important now very important, namely the party wall. This is addressed in this project by engaging this secondary facade, currently an afterthought, as the new primary facade of the buildings. This is achieved through creating a composition of three glass boxes.
Wrapped in a glass curtain wall with a unique honeycomb pattern, the new office and gallery spaces will mimic the High Line experience, uniting the neighborhood’s industrial past, current contemporary art influences, and nature.
Our goal has been to design an addition that would mimic these experiences while complementing the buildings’ original designs. The three connected, but tiered buildings share similar features with rhythmically placed windows and brick facades. The earliest building was built in 1911, and all three were home to factories, two serving as daylight factories.
The new rooftop additions play on this idea of daylight with the glass curtain wall with anodized aluminum frames. The one-way vision laminate layer featuring the honeycomb pattern is only visible from the exterior and is completely invisible from the interior, drawing the neighborhood in through reflection, light, and transparency. The honeycomb pattern gradually increases in scale as the additions move further away from the High Line. The finalization of the pattern required extensive coordination with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Other materials include a gray weathered zinc panel, concrete terrace pavers, and concrete parapet. Each penthouse also includes an interior linear light fixture that runs the perimeter of the space, which also serves to unify the structures and make them “beacons.”
Building of penthouse 513 is underway with a completion scheduled for the spring of 2012.
Follow our project here as we add more details throughout the construction process.
For our additional work as a NYC architect in the Chelsea art district, please see the following projects:
MSA NYC ARCHITECT STAFF FEATURE: KARA KOIRTYOHANN R.A.
FEATURED PROJECT: NYC ROOFTOP ADDITION AT THE HIGH LINE
As you are nearing the end of the first building’s completion this spring, what do you hope the feedback will be from those on the skyline and then in the NYC architecture community?