Copper caps classic façade
|Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer
The project goal for the 61 Fifth Avenue building in New York
City was to create a building with a modern sensibility respectful
of Fifth Avenue and sympathetic to the adjacent Greenwich Village
Historic District. The building is located at the southeast corner
of Fifth Avenue and East 13th Street in Manhattan, at the end of
the Greenwich Village block. It is designed to be a contemporary
interpretation of a classic Fifth Avenue façade. The top floor is
softened by a penthouse clad with pre-patinated, green standing
seam copper similar to attic stories on that stretch of lower Fifth
Historically accurate materials including pre-patinated copper,
Indiana Buff limestone, Deer Isle granite and lightcolored brick
were used to construct the façade. Aurubis AG supplied 2,000 square
feet of traditional, pre-patinated Nordic Green copper in 16-ounce
sheet stock, which was custom formed into pans for on-site standing
seam installation. Metal was specified for historic accuracy, color
and the ability to create detailing on the crown of the building.
Pre-patinated copper was selected for color, longevity, ease of
maintenance and recyclability.
The 25,000-square-foot, mixed-use building has retail space and
a residential lobby at street level and four apartments above,
three duplexes and a triplex. The $14 million project was completed
in August 2014.
Owner: 61 Fifth Avenue LLC, Glendale, N.Y.
Architect: Alta Indelman, New York City
General contractor: PAV-LAK Industries, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Installer: ISG 1
Inc., Glendale, N.Y.
Copper: Aurubis AG, Hamburg, Germany, www.aurubis.com