NY Tower Completes Etched Concrete Facade


A 20-story mixed-use tower in New York City dubbed “The Maverick” recently wrapped construction of its facade with a complex facade of geometric, acid-etched concrete panels.

The 312,500-square-foot tower was designed by DXA Studio, which chose the faceted treatment of the precast panels as well as interlocking and overlapping them on the facade itself.

DXA said that the facets were developed to capture the sun at different angles, and punch windows were added for dimension and privacy. There are 264 facade panels in total.

Quebec-based concrete fabricator BPDL manufactured the precast panels, which were produced with custom wood molds and poured concrete over rebar—three punch windows were installed to each panel prior to shipment to New York.

Over the course of three months, the panels were craned into position and installed onto embeds cast into the structural system.

The tower is split between condos and rental units, so the black-and-white etching served as an additional way to differentiate the two in addition to just complementing the facade.

The ground floors of the space house 20,000 square feet of retail space.

The building is slated for completion early next year.


Tagged categories: Acid etching; Building Envelope; Building facades; concrete; Etched Surface; Facade Maintenance Design; NA; North America

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