In early 2016, an innovative design emerged on the west side of Manhattan. The name of the building was Via 57 West and it was designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. This 467 feet tall structure was a first of its kind in the United States. The design was a hybrid form combining the European perimeter block with the traditional Manhattan style high-rise. New Yorkers now know this unique building as the “Manhattan Pyramid”. The reason for this pyramid design, with the sloped façade on the south side of the building, is to allow all rooms to have a view of the Hudson River.
The Manhattan Pyramid Challenge
One of the major challenges of this design was how to clean the hundreds of windows on this sloped façade. Our customer, Enclos Corp, was tasked to meet this challenge. Together, we developed a 316/L, custom stainless steel beam to make the window-washing track that would run the façade of the building and allow the windows to be cleaned with ease.
Today, Via 57 West is becoming an icon in New York City and a top tourist attraction.
Stainless Structurals is proud to be a part of this amazing project. Let our team assist you on your next Innovative Design! Please give us a call or contact us for any of your Stainless Structural needs.