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Published: Monday, August 21, 2006

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Porter House

Adopting an innovative approach at merging the old with the new in the Porter House, SHoP architects fascinate the observer with a play of material, light and proportions, resultantly transforming it from a run-down warehouse to a dynamic new landmark for the city of New York.

By: SHoP Architects PC

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Views of the addition to the warehouse

The Facade System

The Zinc Facade System, implemented on the exterior of the Porter House, is a custom designed and fabricated, metal pan cladding system. SHoP Architects worked directly with the roofing contractor to develop the concept of a self-flashing rain-screen installed over layers of protective ice and water shield membrane. The zinc is pre-weathered and does not require any treatment such as galvanizing or painting.

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The play of zinc, glass and light extends itself into the interiors of the building

The varied floor heights of the existing building merging with those of the addition called for an exterior skin that could absorb the variations without increasing costs or complicating production. Individual parts were hence developed using the sophisticated sheet metal software 'Solidworks'. Data in the form of numeric listings (in a typical excel worksheet) was entered into the program to develop prototypical three-dimensional models per desired part type. This process enabled a high degree of variation as a derivation of an original three dimensional model.

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