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Thread: InterActiveCorp HQ - 555 West 18th Street @ West Street - by Frank Gehry

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    I see it as a work of sculpture. A fascinating, surreal, and very beautiful work of sculpture.

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    I was going to say the same thing.

    In this case, I really don't care what's going on inside the building.

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    I usually see this building at night....
    At that time the lower floor is awash with colour as
    the interior walls are a giant video screen.
    Depending on what is being shown the effect can be stunning.
    I remember one cold evening in February they were showing scenes
    of fish swimming over a pacific coral reef- the colours blazing
    across the sidewalk. The lower floors glowing with tropical colours.
    From across the highway it looked like the whole first floor was a giant aquarium!
    If the walls don't meet the sidewalk all perfect and seamlessly,
    I am more than happy to overlook such a small detail when the overall effect
    of the building is more than pleasing.

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    You should take some pics at night, as some perhaps don't see this building to its fullest potential.

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    I just think for a building of this expense to create all those unique pieces of glass and force them into place they should take the time and money to get the little, simple details right like how two pieces of metal join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macreator View Post
    Street level still irks me...

    But the building more than makes up for it. Just seems like such an easy thing to make the first level less alienating to the pedestrian.
    sounds like gehry designs would be a nice fit for bk's 4th ave ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    I just think for a building of this expense to create all those unique pieces of glass and force them into place they should take the time and money to get the little, simple details right like how two pieces of metal join.
    There may be an engineering reason for the large gaps in the panels, rather than sloppy manufacture and/or installation.

    The glass was cold-warped in two axes on site. See the second article in this post.

    I found this article about a glass facade installation on a building in Chicago. Some sort of Y-shaped mullion was used. Toward the end of the article, they make reference to IAC.
    http://archrecord.construction.com/t...5dignews-1.asp

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    The particular detail Im refering to is at the very bottom of the building under the glass, between the glass and the ground at the joints.

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    Oh, so not metal-to-metal.

    Concrete sub.

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    Under the glass at the point i describe are metal sheets that extend past the glass (as I remember it) the issue i have is at the joint, the metal sheets continue on the same trajectory as the glass had previously so at some joints the sheets come together at an angle and where they meet is where the problem lies. Im getting compulsive now so I might head over there at the weekend.

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    Are you describing a recessed 'kick' with compound-mitre joints?

    Custom bending a corner cap for each junction would be the best way to detail it. It would probably have to be done on site with heavy aluminum stock anodized to match the channel assemblies. Fussy tedious and expensive.

    Usually curtain wall installers aren't the best sheet metal workers since they usually clip together pre-sized standard frames and extrusions.

    I have sympathy for the architect. Making sculptural forms from standardized orthogonal components is a tiresome chore.

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    2008/11/12, via Mudpig:


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    Best night photo I've seen of IAC so far. Good find!

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