Façades on  
Opposite Coasts  
42 Broome  
The Pacific  
San Francisco  
at Essex Crossing  
New York City  
by Nick St. Denis  
Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal  
The recently completed  
Pacific (left) and 242  
Broome (above) projects  
feature unique façades  
of champagne-colored  
wo recently completed façade projects on  
opposite sides of the U.S. share a key trait—  
champagne-colored architectural metal. But from  
that point forward, they couldn’t be more different.  
Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal takes a look at the  
design and execution of a pair of unique residential  
towers in New York and California.  
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An old building in San Francisco that housed education  
about teeth has gotten a new skin—and with that, new residents.  
The Pacific is an adaptive reuse project that turned a 1967  
dental teaching facility into a multifamily residential building, as  
well as the creation of ten new townhouses next door. According  
to architecture firm Handel Architects, the original building’s  
high ceilings and large floorplates, similar to those of a hospital,  
translated well to a residential building.  
The structure’s heavy precast concrete façade was replaced  
with a window wall system composed of champagne-colored  
metal panels and floor-to-ceiling glass. Glazing contractor  
Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems Inc. (BAGS), working in a  
design-assist role, designed, engineered, fabricated and installed  
the glazing system.  
It’s an interesting façade that uses one of our core systems  
we designed several years ago,” says Nick Bagatelos, BAGS pres-  
ident. He says his company had to design roughly 10 different  
dies in order to make the oculus window design work with the  
system, adding that a key to winning the job was BAGS’s ability  
to design and engineer the façade system in 3-D.  
Window openings were expanded to become the dominant  
feature in the façade, and tall triangular bays extend past the  
building face so each apartment can look down onto the streets-  
cape below. “These ‘glass apertures’ create a strong geometric pres-  
ence and textural quality, while breaking up the building’s mass,”  
according to Handel.  
Bagatelos says the project was unique in the level of detail  
and testing it took to make the windows. The one-off nature  
of the retrofit also posed a hurdle on the installation. “It was a  
challenge given that it’s an existing building that required excep-  
tional layout skills from our union curtainwall glaziers based on  
the conditions,” he says.  
Guardian Glass was used on the project, and Garibaldi  
Glass was the fabricator. The all-glass storefront was supplied by  
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope . Bagatelos says a three-coat Kynar  
was used on the metals of the BAGS system.  
On an adjacent parking lot, a series of ten modern town-  
houses were designed in scale to blend with the Victorian  
houses in the neighborhood, while aesthetically tying to the  
main multifamily building through their geometric façades  
and materials.  
With pitched rooflines and angular bay windows, the  
townhouses are clearly part of the larger complex yet offer a  
home-like experience with larger spaces and more privacy,”  
according to Handel.  
The exterior façades are clad with red cedar siding com-  
bined with Swiss Pearl cementitious panels and silvery glass  
that is lined in a brushed aluminum trim. Reynobond supplied  
metal panels, which were fabricated by MillerClapperton, and  
Winco Window Co. produced the aluminum window system  
used on the townhouses.  
The Pacific, an adaptive reuse project, included a one-off façade  
retrofit resulting in a new glass and metal window wall system.  
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242 Broome features a  
custom curtainwall system  
that creates a folding,  
twisting pattern on  
the façade.  
42 Broome at Essex Crossing  
“This is the most unique aspect of this custom wall.”  
The storefront features large windows, and the glass sizes  
shrink progressively up to the fifth floor, providing a tapering  
New York City  
A champagne-clad façade of anodized aluminum—with  
bends and angles to boot—was just the right combination to  
help the 242 Broome project blend in while standing out.  
Designed by SHoP Architects, the 14-story mixed-use condo- effect. The windows are smallest in the middle band, where  
minium is the first completed structure within Essex Crossing, occupants are closest to their neighbors. This was done to  
a significant urban renewal development in Manhattan. The  
façade of metal panels and curtainwall begins to twist slightly  
westward at the fifth floor, allowing for maximum views, natu-  
ral light and privacy.  
increase privacy while allowing occupants to enjoy the brick  
aesthetics of surrounding buildings.  
“Then as the façade goes up, the windows widen and the  
[opaque] portions shrink, so you get more open views toward  
the top,” says Getman. “… There are five standard panel sizes.  
Because of the stepping of the building and change in panel  
size, it creates that movement on the façade.”  
Getman says the anodized finish provides a “stable” color.  
She adds, “With anodized, you get more depth in the alumi-  
num in how it catches the light.”  
The Lower East Side is rich in terms of materiality—there  
are lots of textures, brick, and lots of depth in façades… every-  
thing but an all-glass building,” says Dana Getman, SHoP’s  
lead architect on the project. “So we started from that point.  
It needed to be something that has depth, shadows and thick-  
nesses, and balancing that while taking advantage of gorgeous  
views you have of lower Manhattan through midtown.”  
With those factors in mind, the folding façade pattern was  
born. “The building itself steps back from corner, which cre-  
Like any complex façade project, teamwork among the vari-  
ous players was crucial to its realization. “With weekly design-  
assist meetings, we were able to successfully collaborate with  
ates kind of terracing,” says Getman. “It appears as if it’s twist- SHoP architects and SLCE Architects (the architect of record),  
ing around the corner, giving the building some movement.”  
Walsh Glass and Metal designed, fabricated and installed  
the façade system, working with manufacturing partner AZA-  
Int., based in Italy, and U.S.-based Fairfield Metals.  
as well as façade consultant Frank Seta and Associates, to  
achieve the design intent and meeting all engineering and instal-  
lation requirements,” says Richard Egan, president of Walsh.  
Getman adds: “It’s critical to sit in the same room with the  
contractor and fabricator to talk through the details and prior-  
itize. If you’re not in the room together, it is really difficult to  
maintain design intent.” AGG  
We decided to fully unitize the curtainwall, capturing all  
the metal panel bends within the units,” says Walsh sales and  
project manager Daniela Ceini.  

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No reproduction of any type without expressed written permission.