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NYC tower won't leave its neighbors in the shade

NYC tower won't leave its neig...
The Solar Carve Tower is expected to be in use by early 2019
The Solar Carve Tower is expected to be in use by early 2019
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Studio Gang is aiming for LEED Gold certification (a green building standard) for the Solar Carve Tower
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Studio Gang is aiming for LEED Gold certification (a green building standard) for the Solar Carve Tower
The Solar Carve Tower will comprise 166,750 sq ft (15,491 sq m) of floorspace, with most floors boasting their own private terrace
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The Solar Carve Tower will comprise 166,750 sq ft (15,491 sq m) of floorspace, with most floors boasting their own private terrace
The Solar Carve Tower is expected to be in use by early 2019
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The Solar Carve Tower is expected to be in use by early 2019
The Solar Carve Tower looks like a couple of chunks have been carelessly carved out of its sides, but the building's shape was calculated to reduce shade and improve the view for neighboring buildings
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The Solar Carve Tower looks like a couple of chunks have been carelessly carved out of its sides, but the building's shape was calculated to reduce shade and improve the view for neighboring buildings
The mixed-use Solar Carve Tower will rise to a height of 213 ft (65 m)
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The mixed-use Solar Carve Tower will rise to a height of 213 ft (65 m)
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New details and images have emerged regarding Studio Gang's Solar Carve Tower. Unveiled in 2012, the unusual building is due to begin construction soon and features an interesting design that's informed by a desire to not unduly obstruct the view nor cause the surrounding area to be left in shadow.

The more skyscrapers built in cities, the more potential for leaving people in the shade. It's a serious issue that's sparked protests from New York residents and causes permission to be regularly denied for towers that cast too much shadow.

The Solar Carve Tower has been designed to address such concerns. While it looks like a couple of chunks have been carelessly carved out of its sides, the building's shape was calculated to ensure that the adjacent High Line and neighboring buildings neither have the view completely obstructed nor are left in shadow all day as the sun rises and falls. Air flow has also been considered.

It's a neat bit of design that brings to mind NBBJ's no shadow tower and likely was the key to finally getting the building green-lighted. Indeed, according to Arch Daily, it took four attempts to get the thumbs-up from city officials.

The mixed-use Solar Carve Tower will rise to a height of 213 ft (65 m)
The mixed-use Solar Carve Tower will rise to a height of 213 ft (65 m)

The plush mixed-use office building will be located in Manhattan's meatpacking district and rise to a height of 213 ft (65 m). Comprising 166,750 s q ft (15,491 sq m) of floorspace, it will be topped by a large rooftop garden and most floors will boast their own private terrace.

Studio Gang is aiming for LEED Gold certification (a green building standard) for the Solar Carve Tower. We don't know the green design elements intended for the project yet, but given the LEED ambition, we can expect it to feature demonstrable water efficiency, the use of recycled materials during construction, and perhaps solar power, which would be a nice touch given its sun-conscious design.

The Solar Carve Tower is expected to be in use by early 2019.

Source: Studio Gang

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