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Copper caps classic façade

Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer
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 Avenue.

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,