Friday, April 06, 2007

Dumpster Diving with John Hill

Just in case you missed it, here's a link to great post on John Hill's Archidose site on Herzog & de Meuron's 40 Bond Street for developer Ian Schrager. In his best CSI-NY style, Hill digs into the trash to analyze one of the building's discarded glass sections, and discovers a sophisticating sandblasting that goes from solid at the edges to non-existent in the center, concentrating and minimizing reflected sunlight.

4 comments:

John said...

The day I took these photos the sun was spending most of the time behind clouds, though these photos indicate that sunny days will be pretty blinding, regardless of the sandblasting.

Robert Salm said...

That's not so bad, and they hired an architect to do something different than the precast concrete spandrels and aluminum mullion strips we get in Chicago. At least in New York, their residential buildings don't set on 5-floor parking garages with metal louvers or transparent glass.

Robert Salm said...

My fault...that was "sit" not "set". My English grammar teacher is rolling over in her grave (or in her nursing home bed).

John said...

Also in New York, well Manhattan at least, the average for-sale unit is just over $1 million, explaining how expensive designs like this can be executed. Though I'm sure these units start at well over one million, if not two or five.