Renovated Tenement Features Window Walls
The developers of 60 Orchard Street renovated a four-story tenement and turned it into a nine-story, mixed-use project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The ground-floor and mezzanine space (now housing a trendy art gallery) are topped by seven stacked condominiums. The strategy for thesecondos included a rarity in New York City: A series of elegant NanaWall window wall spans.
"The owners wanted their units to offer the best of everything, including views and balconies," says Tomer Yogev, the lead builder for 60 Orchard. But actual balconies present challenges in New York, including zoning requirements and the fact that the precious square footage devoted to a balcony isn’t really usable, due to weather, for some portion of the year.
"We wanted to create a new relationship between interior and exterior in a conventional seven-story building," recalls Orlando García of G Ateliers Architecture. Undaunted by the challenges, García's team conceived of maximizing the glass portion of each floor's facade, and having the glass open up onto a balconet, or Juliet balcony.
The design team opted for 18-foot spans of NanaWall's SL70 Thermally Broken Aluminum Framed Folding System as the best possible solution.
"By opening the entire facade, we were able to bring the qualities of a covered terrace to all the apartments,” García said. "That would have been impossible with other products."
García continues: "In our opinion, NanaWall was the only manufacturer that met all of our requirements. We’ve had zero complaints about the excellent product quality, not to mention the great technical support."
Yogev agrees. "Residents at 60 Orchard can open up the NanaWall panels to transform their living room into a huge balcony,” he says. “They get the best of both worlds: a covered terrace, and no loss of indoor living space. For a condo, that represents significant added value."
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