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    Architect Jean Novel is Presented with the Visionary Urban Integration Award for the Design of 53W53

    One of the most adventurous additions to the New York City skyline is the innovative design of 53W53 by Pritzker Prize winner Architect Jean NouvelJean Nouvel. At a height of 1,050 feet and developed in step with the Museum of Modern Art’s 65,000 sq. ft. expansion, New York City now has a new, bold yet graceful exclamation point.

    53W53 is a super slender tapered form that slopes at two distinct angles with exposed structural elements arranged in an asymmetric pattern and sheathed in a taut glass skin.  This unconventional lattice, anchored and connected by diagrids – a custom designed set of steel boxes and plates, was envisioned and executed by the structural engineer WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff. The structural solution smoothly merges with the architectural intent providing a single, exterior structural system matching the geometry of the diagrid and having the ability to carry both vertical loads and those associated with wind and seismic loads.

    Adverse geotechnical composition of the site and the proximity of MTA tunnels presented an interesting engineering challenge. More than thirty reinforced concrete caisson were required, some reaching depts of 70 feet deep.

    Another challenge involved locating major equipment at the apex, including a cooling tower, 500 ton tuned mass damper, elevator machine room, fans, pumps and window washing rig, all within the building’s most narrow portion.

    There are 5,747 triple-glazed curtain-wall panels of various shapes and sizes with a sleek black high-performance coating to both minimize exterior noise and maximize thermal comfort. Grey metal panels applied to the exterior of the curtain-wall trace the structural elements behind, expressing Nouvel’s signature design. 

    The attenuating form and exposed structure gives each home inside a different shape and layout, while the intricate structural pattern frames views of the surrounding city.

    "Architecture is art, and architecture is born from its situation, from its context," says Nouvel.  The Architect’s vision; the dense, verticality of Midtown Manhattan; and the complexities of site, structure and envelope are the context for this visionary architecture.

    Ateliers Jean Nouvel and WSP were recently presented with the Visionary Urban Integration Award by the New York Chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects.

  • Larry Robbins House for Management and Technology Receives 2019 AIANY Design Award

    Larry Robbins House for Management and Technology Receives 2019 AIANY Design Award

    Scott Henson Architect is proud to announce that the Larry Robbins House for Management and Technology was honored by the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (AIANY) with a 2019 Merit Design Award.

    As the preservation architect, Scott Henson Architect worked closely with Studio JosephStudio Joseph on the renovation of the Larry Robbins House for Management and Technology, an 8,500 square foot building at the center of the University of Pennsylvania’s historic campus.

    Scott Henson Architect focused on the restoration and stabilization of the building’s 1910 facade to support a contemporary addition. The vision for the project was to create a space that could be an incubator of sorts for the technology students but while also upholding business formality.

    The glass addition, designed by Studio Joseph, blends modern and historic elements expressed through the glass and black paneling to provide a secure, yet open element to the architecture, giving the entire building the ability to enjoy the garden courtyards below. Meanwhile, on the North side of the building, Scott Henson Architect’s restoration of the Academic Gothic façade holds the building to its more traditional roots and blends in with the fabric of neighboring historic buildings on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

    The building has received LEED Gold Certification for the sustainability standards that were built in during the renovation. LEED Certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used system for green building rating in the world. LEED provides companies with the structure to create highly efficient, healthy, and cost-saving buildings. LEED certification is globally recognized as a symbol of sustainability achievement. Buildings pursuing LEED Certification earn points across multiple categories, based on the number of points achieved, a building then receives one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

    Scott Henson Architecture is a leader in historic renovation and restoration, as well as building with sustainability in mind. To find out more, contact Scott Henson Architect today.