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Solar Carve Tower

Specificity Opens Up New Dimensions for Design

Location

New York City / USA

Architect

Studio Gang Architects

Owner

40-56 Tenth Ave, LLC

Status

Anticipated Completion 2015

LEED Rating

targeted Silver

Among the strategies that Studio Gang has developed through its tall building research is “solar carving”: using incident angles of the sun’s rays to sculpt building form. The Solar Carve Tower advances this concept further by exploring how shaping the carve in response to additional site-specific criteria can expand its exciting architectural potential.

Located between Manhattan’s High Line elevated park and the Hudson River, the gem-like façade of Solar Carve is sculpted based on geometric relationships between the building and the sun’s path, as well as the viewshed between the park and the Hudson. This integrated formal response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line (giving it maximum light, fresh air, and river views) and become a standout marker on the New York skyline.

Upon completion, the 186,700 sf tower will contain offices, amenity spaces, parking, and retail.

Selected Publications

2013 May 25, designboom
“studio gang: solar carve tower, new york”

2012 Nov 14, FastCo.Design
“Jeanne Gang Unveils A Razor-Edged Skyscraper Along The High Line”

2012 Nov 5, Architectural Record
“Gang's Solar Carve Tower Will Keep High Line in the Spotlight”

2012 Oct 31, The Architects’ Newspaper
“Line Gang: Aqua Tower architect to make New York debut in booming meatpacking district”


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