To ensure the curtain wall maintained it’s integrity Goldray supplied the decorative laminated pieces to JE Berkowitz, who created insulated glass units that adhered to the rigid building codes. These units were then shipped to site and installed by Harmon Inc., who meticulously placed each panel according to the artist’s vision.
The linear motif found in the decorative glass installation is carried through the structure, from the calculated “H” design of the building’s architecture to the etched glass balustrades running along the main floor stairway. These laminated etched glass railings offer a stark contrast to the dark stone steps, while keeping the sightlines open and adding texture and depth to the space. As these glass panels are not set into a full framing system, rather just held by runners at the top and base, the edgework was visible and required special attention when manufacturing. Goldray fabricated each piece, polished the edges and then laminated the panes together, all while ensuring the edges lined up perfectly.
While these two types of glass installations vary greatly in appearance and composition, the ultimate goal remains the same, to add expression and elegance to the space. Statement pieces, like Spencer Finch’s multi-colored pattern glass can be incorporated into small or large areas, offering a pop of color and texture. While the subtle etched glass is not eye-catching, but provides a finished suitable for innumerable applications.