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100 W. 125th St., New York City

Photo courtesy of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.
Photo courtesy of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.

Gambino + Laporta Architecture PC specified insulated metal panels (IMPs) to create a mosaic pattern on the upper floors of a retail building at 100 W. 125th St. in New York City. Four types of panels were used to clad the six-story, 202,000-square-foot shopping mall.

ACC Corp. installed 10,521 square feet of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.’s Optimo IMPs in Weathered Zinc. Additionally, it installed 9,472 total square feet of Kingspan Insulated Panels’ BENCHMARK Designwall 2000 IMPs in three colors: 4,045 square feet in Champagne Gold, 3,048 square feet in Pewter and 2,379 square feet in Bright Silver.

All the IMPs were installed horizontally, but some look vertical. Gambino + Laporta Architecture’s original design for the building used a combination of vertical and horizontal panels. To create a vertical appearance and maintain horizontal IMP installation on the metal stud building, Kingspan Insulated Panels manipulated the panels’ reveal to give them a vertical look.

The building at 100 W. 125th St. is in the Harlem neighborhood, which is going through a revitalization. Tenants include retailers American Eagle, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Olive Garden, Raymore and Flanigan, TD Bank and Whole Foods Market. It was completed in December 2016.