Solar Carve Tower Gets Underway in NYC

A few new details have come to light regarding the skyscraper Solar Carve Tower designed by Studio Gang planned in New York City. Plans for the tower were first revealed back in 2012. This unique tower was designed in a way that doesn’t obstruct the view of the adjacent buildings, or cast shade on its surrounding area. Construction will begin soon.

The Solar Carve Tower will be a mixed-use building that will be 213 ft (65 m) high and have a total floorspace of 166,750 sq ft (15,491 sq m). The building will also have a huge rooftop garden, while most of the floors will also have private terraces. They are aiming to achieve the LEED Gold certification, though they have not announced how they plan to get it. It will most likely be though sustainable features such as water efficiency, solar power, use of recycled materials and others.

The building will be constructed in NYC’s meatpacking district directly over the High Line. To achieve the no-shade casting objective, as well as not to obstruct anyone’s view, the building looks like it had chunks of its façade carved out, though the end result is a very interesting addition to the NYC skyline. Airflow and ventilation were also a consideration in the design.

The fact that skyscrapers are casting too much shadow is a real concern in NYC and something that has led to residents protesting in the past. Many projects do not get the go-ahead precisely because of this. And it is certainly nice to see architects starting to work around this problem, as they did in the case of the Solar Carve Tower. Bringing sustainable tech and more greenery to the city is also a bonus.

They estimate that the Solar Carve tower will be completed and in use by early 2019.

7 Bryant Park Aims to Offer LEED Gold Office Spaces in Manhattan

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New York has just welcomed luxurious green office tower 7 Bryant Park to its streets, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading a groundbreaking ceremony on February 26. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the building will cover 470,000 square feet of LEED Gold certified office space.

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Located on the corner of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue, the project is on track to completion by the end of 2014. It will be designed to provide office space and infrastructure to small businesses, equipped with 28-stories of gorgeous Bryant Park views, easy accessibility to Times Square and Grand Central Station, outdoor terraces, and a green roof.

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It will achieve LEED Gold certification by using insulating glass that provides enhanced thermal performance and energy-saving mechanical systems throughout the building.

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