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Screenwall bisects apartment building

GF55 Partners designed 46-09 Eleventh St. apartments in Long Island City, N.Y., with a 200-foot façade bisected by a perforated aluminum screenwall.GF55 Partners designed 46-09 Eleventh St. apartments in Long Island City, N.Y., with a 200-foot façade bisected by a perforated aluminum screenwall. MetalTech-USA created panels with a triangular profile to provide a matching, flat attachment surface. It fabricated the perforated cassette screenwall with 1,500 square feet of 0.125-inch aluminum.

The triangular profile panels were finished with a clear powdercoat, and Façade Technologies Inc. installed them angling inward and outward to create a zigzag appearance. They were anchored to a vertical substrate with aluminum angles and back-lit with LED lights. The six-story, 65,000-square-foot development has 59 rental units and was completed in 2014.

Leonard Fusco, of GF55 Partners, says the panels broke up the scale of the block-long façade. "It was a perfect juxtaposition of materials," he says. "Metal versus brick; light versus heavy."

Owner: Ekstein Development, New York City
Architect: GF55 Partners, New York City
Aluminum distributor: Alumet Supply Inc., Atlanta
Installer: Façade Technologies Inc., Birdsboro, Pa.
Fabricator: MetalTech-USA, Peachtree City, Ga., www.metaltech-usa.com