Glass Industry

Glass Tower In New York


At the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway in New York, a glass and steel tower designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and his firm Ateliers Jean Nouvel is underway. Incorporating what is billed as the most highly-engineered and technologically advanced curtain wall ever constructed in New York City, 100 11th Avenue will feature nearly 1,700 different-sized panes of colorless glass.

Fifteen feet from the building’s façade Nouvel again selects glass as his medium, this time in the form of a partially-enclosed atrium. A seven-story street wall of mullioned glass, the atrium will serve suspended gardens of ornamental vegetation and trees which will appear to float in mid-air; private indoor and outdoor terraces extending from the residences; and an open-air dining patio for the lobby restaurant.

The building will contain 72 residences, starting at $1.6 million and topping off at $22 million. Floor plans, including five penthouses, will start at 890 square feet and run to nearly 4,700 square feet. The top floor will be reserved for a single residence with a full-roof private terrace, which will feature what Nouvel calls “outdoor rooms.” 

Designer Introduction

In 1987, maverick French architect Jean Nouvel burst onto the international scene with a new headquarters for the Arab World Institute in Paris, one of President François Mitterrand’s Grands Projets. With mechanized oculi and veils of glass and steel, the building was hailed as an unconventional masterpiece that encouraged people to not only accept modern architecture in a historic setting, but to be thrilled by it. Over ensuing years Nouvel has woven art, history, cultural references and new building technologies into provocative architectural contrasts between inside and outside, intimacy and the urban network, and has become renowned as one of the most original designers of his generation. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Arab World Institute, construction has begun in New York City on Nouvel’s latest glass and steel landmark, a direct material and conceptual descendant of his Paris tour de force: 100 11th will be a 23-story tower described by its architect as “a vision machine” at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Nouvel describes 100 11th as “a vision machine,” with every angle and structural detail designed to create visual excitement. Approximately 1,650 different windowpanes comprise the most highly engineered and complex curtain wall ever constructed in New York City. The curtain wall of 100 11th captures daylight differently over the course of the day and the year. A surface that seems to brighten and go dark as if by computer program is, in fact,made dynamic by the movement of the Earth. These daily and seasonal changes will heighten your senses and foster a connection to nature.