Curved glass softens New York condominium’s facade

Interesting challenges were the layout and tight tolerances the architects wanted to achieve, and getting all of the curved glass pieces to fit at the intersections so they would all fit together.” – Scott Haber, managing partner, W&W Glass LLC

 
The basics:
Architects Herzog & de Meuron of Switzerland redesigned the traditional cast iron building at 40 Bond St. in New York’s East Village. Curved glass, handmade by Cricursa in Barcelona, forms a picture frame around each window of the condominium’s front façade. A reflective panel backs each piece of rounded glass. Glazing for the building, completed in June 2007, cost $8.5 million.
 
The players:
Architect, Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland,; developer, Ian Schrager; general contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, New York; glazing contractors, S&C Products, New York, W&W Glass LLC, Nanuet, N.Y., and Kings County Waterproofing, Brooklyn. N.Y.; glass fabricators, Cricursa Cristales Curvados S.A., Barcelona, and Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; framing fabricator, Schüco USA, Newington, Conn.
 
The glass and systems:
Cricursa’s curved glass consists of 5-millimeter thick green glass laminated to 5- millimeter thick clear glass with a graded gray and green ceramic frit pattern. A No. 8 mirror stainless steel panel lies behind each piece of curved glass.
Schüco USA supplied factory glazed 5-foot-by-10-foot tilt-and-turn aluminum windows containing Viracon’s 1-inch insulating glass with VE-2M coating on clear glass.