Client: METALS IN CONSTRUCTION DESIGN CHALLENGE 2020
Location: 63 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK
Area: 675,986 sq ft
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ATMOSPHERIC VEIL: Midtown avenues are subject to many extremes. Canyon effects
make them freeze in the winter whereas urban heat effect turns them into an oven almost any day of the summer. Both weather conditions result in extreme energy consumption for many buildings. Midtown is also extreme for by-passers and workers. All year long, sirens, car horns and low vegetation index increase their stress level.
Our proposal aims at buffering these extremes, for humans and for the environment. We upscaled the concept of double skin facade to the entire volume, creating a vegetated interface atmosphere. The new space “in-between” favors social interaction, offers a retreat from the street over stimulation and prevents the building
envelope from extreme weather solicitations.
Emerging from amidst the commercial buildings of Nomad, 63 Madison Avenue is imposing and evidently distinctive. The first thing one would notice approaching the edifice is the building’s colossal brute concrete facade and piers. Our design exists within the space between the current building envelope and newly offsetted volumes carved out of the current slab. The project explores the space between the technical layers of a performance skin.
Our proposal for 63 Madison considerably improves the internal efficiency of the offices, re-connect the building to the street, enhance the work conditions and foster social interactions in this typical midtown corner. Our choices purposefully limit waste generation by conserving most of the existing structure and bring-in mostly recyclable constuction material. The result is a low carbon footprint for this
building upgrade and a rapid offsetting thanks to extensive energy saving in daily operation. We believe that our proposal champions the net environmental balance of the renovation.