This project involved creating undulating canopies extending organically from the glass curtain wall at one of Manhattan’s tallest residential buildings.
Design and fabrication were done by Feature Walters, with installation conducted by Metropolitan Walters.
These AESS steel canopies were designed to be a horizontal extension of the undulating curtainwall of this iconic Manhattan high-rise. The constantly curving geometry of the curtainwall transitions into our scope of steel structure, stainless cladding and glass soffits.
An intricate system of custom stainless steel grills, troughs and drains channels the water from the top of the canopy – constantly re-routing itself through various canopy bays to maintain slope and avoid interferences within the rising and falling confines of the interior. Throw in some heat trace, LED lighting, radiant heaters, custom removable grills, glass soffits, custom SS glass hardware and the value of our HD-BIM modeling practices quickly becomes evident. Cut files and indexing connections for the +5,000 unique parts in canopies were CNC processed and fully fit in context in our shop.
The need to keep the back face of the glass soffits clean and dry was paramount; any debris or pooling water would be silhouetted by the blanket of LED lights floating 3” off the back face of the glass. Multiple waterproofing details were developed between the various materials and systems to ensure this lighting cavity remained sealed.
Typically, a canopy of this size would require cables or rods to anchor the structures to the side of the building. Instead, we created a 15-foot backspan that extends into the building, which allows for an unsupported cantilever. These backspans are not hidden and instead are backlit and polished, providing a symmetry to the interior and exterior visual aesthetic.