glass facade for a maximum transparency
For the entrance areas of a new shopping mall downtown Manhattan, Pelli Clarke Pelli envisioned a transparent façade. To realize it, the architects went for a construction with glass fins.
Brookfield Place (before World Financial Center - WFC) was designed by the architect César Pelli. The building complex is the center for fashion, culture and cuisine in New York City.
During the 9/11 terror attacks, the complex was badly damaged, particularly the lower levels of the towers 2 and 3, as well as the glazed pavilion. West of the Freedom Tower between the Marina on the Hudson River and Vesey Street, the pavilion has now been extended. A shopping mall has been integrated in the existing building.
The façade of the mall's two foyers was supposed to be as transparent as possible. Therefore, the architects developed a façade design that is despite maximum dimensions - up to 17 meters high and 27 meters wide -, mainly made out of glass. Each fin is made of three 12mm thick low-iron glass panes with an SG interlayer in between. The metal shoes were still assembled with the glass fins at sedak, making the handling at the construction site considerably easier.