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SOM’s 28&7 black terra-cotta facade shines in Chelsea


Adorned in a slick, black terra-cotta and glass grid, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) 28&7 opened February, 2022, close to the northern finish of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Rising 12 tales, the constructing—developed by GSDNY—is residence to 40,000 sq. ft of workplace house, a foyer on 28th Road, floor flooring retail going through 7th Avenue, and a 12th flooring penthouse.

SOM Accomplice Chris Cooper mentioned, 28&7 has a “typical New York Metropolis backdrop.” It neighbors older masonry buildings on each 28th Road and seventh Avenue; the design crew evoked 28&7’s environment whereas offering a up to date search for the nook spot. In choosing black-glazed terra-cotta—custom-made by Shildan—the crew at SOM was in a position to harmoniously distinction 28&7 with the encompassing gray and tan stone buildings.

The bottom flooring of 28&7 opens as much as the road, with a foyer for the places of work and retail on seventh Avenue. (Dave Burk © SOM)

The terra-cotta and floor-to-ceiling glass home windows type a grid on the facade, with structural columns built-in into the grid to go away unobstructed workplace areas as much as 40 ft lengthy. The terra-cotta grid is split on a “nominal” 10-foot module, offering tenants the pliability inside workplace areas. The grid was widened on the floor stage, giving the foyer and retail storefronts extra visibility. Terra-cotta set up, laid completely by hand, shows a excessive stage of expertise. The design crew allotted for small variations in setting the terra-cotta, and staff have been in a position to meet the tolerances that had been designed for.

The form of the custom-made terra-cotta was chosen to enhance the flatness of the glass home windows. (Dave Burk © SOM)

Black glazing for the terra-cotta was chosen by the design crew for a lot of causes, and after research of quite a few shades of black. Cooper mentioned the crew rigorously studied the profile, shade, and texture of the terra-cotta to know how the fabric interacted with glass and light-weight. After contemplating ribbed and fluted profiles for the terra-cotta body, the design selected hollowed tiles to enhance the flat glass. The glazing was utilized to type a steadiness with the mirroring of the glass, catching and reflecting gentle. The SOM crew labored with AJLP Consulting on design, and with Icon on development and to draft mock ups and a technique for the terra-cotta’s set up sequence. 

28&7 was designed with triple-glazed home windows, assembly environmental efficiency and design concerns. Given the enterprise of the intersection, the glazing reduces noise ranges, and with improved insulation, eliminates the necessity for radiators on the constructing’s perimeter, enabling the home windows to span floor-to-ceiling. The home windows additionally embody a low e-coating to fulfill New York Metropolis’s Zone Inexperienced requirements. 



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