Lighting up the New York skyline
Stunning Lantern House windows feature Interpon D3000
For a building to stand out in New York, it has to be extra special. So when famous British architect Thomas Heatherwick was tasked with designing the city’s new Lantern House residences, he adopted a typically unique approach – make every window a bay window. But not just any bay window. As you approach the two Lantern House towers – which straddle the High Line – the huge, barrel-shaped bubbles of floor-to-ceiling glass simply take the breath away.
Inspired by the bay windows found in British Victorian houses, their lantern-like shape is enhanced by the surrounding copper colored aluminum frames, which pay homage to the neighborhood’s existing historical buildings. And who did Heatherwick turn to when looking for a coating that would match his vision for the spectacular windows?
AkzoNobel – specifically our Interpon D3000 powder coating – which was used to protect all the frames.
“This is a beautiful building with unique, oversized sculptural windows,” explains Gabriel Morales Sada, Marketing Manager for our Architectural Powder Coatings business in the Americas. “The architect was attracted to our capabilities, global presence, track record and commitment to sustainability. We were able to nail the color and metallic brightness they wanted, which made it a complete success.”
The unique design of the three-dimensional windows frees them from corner columns, which gives residents spectacular views out of the light-filled rooms. Or as Heatherwick puts it, he wanted the residents to feel like they’re almost standing out into the view. So only the best would do when it came to coating the distinctive bronze frames.
“We’re experiencing a shift in the US to using more architectural powder coatings and our Interpon D series offers sustainable building solutions in a broad color palette and a range of durability options,” continues Gabriel. “The high quality architectural powder coatings that we provide are helping to enhance the beauty and longevity of buildings all over the world.” He adds that the success of the Lantern House project has led to new opportunities in the architectural market worldwide. “We’re in the process of designing another right now, although we’ll have to keep the details under wraps for a little while longer.”
Our products are also being used extensively on the nearby Hudson Yards project. You can read more about that here.
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