GMS is providing building envelope consulting (facades and roofs) for the new 58-story luxury residential condominium at 130 William Street. The facade is comprised of precast concrete wall panels with factory-installed windows.

“Making a tower in a tower city—New York—is a big thing,” said Adjaye at a building preview last month, “One wants to make that first move well.”

Located at 130 William Street, the tower, developed by Lightstone, nods to both its high-rise neighbors (the Woolworth Building is five blocks away) and the area’s history.  “William Street is literally one of the first streets of Manhattan—there was something compelling about that to me,” said Adjaye. “I was like, ‘Well, what would be the DNA of that first architecture? Probably structural arches.’”

Adjaye extrapolated that logic to all 800 feet of 130 William’s exterior. The building’s precast concrete facade is made up entirely of arches. At the building’s top portions, this arch pattern inverts, [where loggias give residents access to the outdoors]. The tower’s rooftop mechanicals will be concealed with a bronze-colored screen, evoking the gold tops its 19th Century neighbors.

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