Sculpted by the angles of the sun, the Solar Carve Tower explores how shaping a building in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its architectural potential.
Located between Manhattan’s High Line park and the Hudson River, Solar Carve takes its unique form from the geometric relationships between the building’s allowable envelope and the sun’s path, as well as the viewshed between the park and the Hudson.
In addition to producing a faceted, gem-like facade, this integrated response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line—privileging light, fresh air, and river views to the public park—while also becoming a new iconic silhouette on the New York skyline.
The design further advances the Studio’s “solar carving” strategy for enhancing connectivity in tall buildings. Solar carving, developed through Studio Gang’s ongoing tall building research, involves using incident angles of the sun’s ray to sculpt a building’s form. Source by Studio Gang.