Porter House in New York (USA)


Porter House, New-York (USA)

At the intersection of 9th Avenue and 15th Street, Porter House adds an original touch to the rich architectural mix of historic Manhattan.   






Architect: SHoP Architects, Jonathan Mallie & Maria Wong
Technique: Locally made panels with VMZINC®, Surface aspect: ANTHRA-ZINC®


In the country that invented the loft, the conversion of a wine warehouse built in 1905 into a luxurious 22 apartment condominium building gave rise to an unusually extensive rehabilitation involving literally grafting a four storey extension onto the building using a daring cantilever system.  




The vertical light boxes which draw the passer-by’s eye upward day and night, give a sense of lightness to the addition. The metal framework of the extension is clad in ANTHRA-ZINC® which is one of the outstanding features of the project. “We wanted to work with a limited number of materials, reduce material wastage to a minimum in the production phase and speed up construction,” explained Gregg A. Pasquarelli, from Architects SHoP. Data in an Excel table was processed by a three dimensional design programme to create working drawings for all the facades.  Using data transfer, the panels could then be cut, formed and identified automatically on the manufacturer’s premises. This giant 3,800 piece jigsaw puzzle then only remained to be assembled.