one park avenue
THE LOOP - ONE PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK CITY
FINE Concrete, LLC
Architect: Future Expansion Architects
Ultra high performance concrete is uniquely suited for roof top gardens. A system of panels and pavers was designed by Future Expansion Architects for Vornado Realty to be a “park in the sky”, connecting the building’s upper garden with the planted median of Park Avenue. The cladding panels are lightweight, as they are cast ½” thick without any internal steel reinforcing. The cool natural color of the UHPC unifies the individual large scale planters and edging. Pavers are cast from the same material -- the ground plane becomes wall -- and an exquisite variety of plants plays out as the walkway is traversed. The fineness of the material was especially chosen for its tactile qualities, coming into close contact with the tenants as the interior office opens onto extraordinary views over the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.