TITLE: KPF’s One Vanderbilt soars with terra-cotta and glass
SOURCE: The Architect’s Newspaper
AUTHOR: Matthew Mariani
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One Vanderbilt is a stunning skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that continues to attract attention as construction progresses towards the completion date later in 2020. The Architect’s Newspaper published an article highlighting the design of One Vanderbilt, showing the towering façade that features extruded terra cotta spandrels and soffits manufactured by Boston Valley Terra Cotta.
The building was designed by architects at KPF, who took care in the selection of materials in the building. The use of terra cotta was decided in response to the historic surrounding neighborhood, particularly inspired by the Guastavino Tile work found within Grand Central Terminal, whose façade is exposed for the first time in centuries thanks to the cantilevered design and accessible podium of One Vanderbilt.
Buffalo-based manufacturer Boston Valley Terra Cotta produced the tower’s architectural terra-cotta and was involved in its modeling since the concept design phase. There are two custom glazes, resulting from half-a-decade of collaboration between BVTC and KPF, applied to the tower’s terra-cotta panels; a darker glaze for the larger soffit tiles and a light, high-gloss glaze used for the curtain wall spandrels. The bulk of the tiles were extruded—the clay was forced through a steel die to produce a hollow cored unit which is subsequently cut, dried, and fired.
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