475 Park Avenue South Exterior Re-Clad+ expand detail
New York, New York, USA
170,000 square feet / 16,000 square meters
The new façade design for this office tower reinvents an existing brick building originally designed in 1968 by Shreve Lamb & Harmon, bringing a dynamic, renewed presence to commercial real estate on Park Avenue South.
Pelli Clarke Pelli’s design of the 34-story facades integrates advanced glass curtain-wall technology with a composite metal frame system. The low iron vision glass panels optimize views from the office spaces and an energy efficient low emissivity coating balances the indoor climate in summer and winter. Textured with aluminum projections and an undulating white ceramic frit pattern composed of small squares in varying densities, the glass appears to billow and flow down the building’s height. The exterior walls are defined by planes that extend beyond the existing building’s chamfered massing. The visual effects are sparkling glazing that appears to float over a metallic backdrop. The frit in combination with projections at all horizontal joints provides a strong new identity for 475 Park Avenue South.
The tower is set back from the street on a terraced, landscaped plaza outfitted with a new transparent retail base and stainless steel finished columns. The building remained fully occupied during the installation of the new exterior cladding.