Foster + Partners, New York
The 42-storey luxury residential tower occupies a prestigious location within the green setting of United Nations Plaza, with views of the UN Headquarters building, the river and the New York skyline. This project is Foster + Partner’s first apartment building in the city, a triumph of modern architecture and one of New York’s first “green” towers – more than half of the exterior is solid, the rest made up of highly insulated glazing using Contra Vision® XR™ Printed Interlayer. Its construction will incorporate recycled materials and its environmental impact will be further reduced by using recycled water for irrigation.
The flexibility of Contra Vision laminated glass helped the designers to specify a product which offers many benefits to the overall performance and look of the building.
Insulating glass units comprising Contra Vision laminated glass with low emissivity glass reduces solar heat gain, sound and UV radiation as well as providing safety and reducing bird collisions through glass manifestation.
“The tower’s jewel-like quality is further enhanced by reflective panels, which run vertically between each of the curved bays.” Foster + Partners.
Using Contra Vision laminated glass with gold metallic inks allowed architects to achieve a laminated glass unit with the required gold appearance from outside and provides the occupants of the apartments an uninterrupted view of stunning downtown Manhattan.
Contra Vision® XR™ Printed Interlayer supplied by Imaging Sci.