Connected Towers, Connected Communities

The Waterline Square is a three-tower luxury residential development that sits on the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The structures, developed by GID Development, boast a number of amenities that residents can easily access thanks to architectural details that convey luxury, timelessness and quality.

The center-located Waterline Club connects the towers and development into a single community. Glass and glazing is front and center here, bringing visitors together in an illusion of movement and fluidity with a large, looping bridge.

Glasshape, of Auckland, New Zealand, fabricated the glass used in the bridge’s railings. The company provided 107 lites of bent, tempered and laminated 5/8 -inch low-iron glass for the staircase, adjoining the walkway and overhead bridge.

The architect was Craig Chowaniec of The Rockwell Group. Jaroff Studios, handled design/engineering, consulting and fabrication and installation. It partnered with Glasshape to field measure, design, manufacture and supply the glass to bring the project to life.

“I think if you have a look at the design of the actual structure, you’ve got combinations of wood, stone, glass and metal. So, it’s very unusual to see a combination of all of those products featured in a project like this,” says Derek Spoel, group sales manager at Glasshape. “We only played a small part in that with the glass. But the design aesthetic and the look and feel of the actual project was unique for us. Also, I think the scope of it-the
size of the walkways and the connecting staircase, it’s quite a large project as well.”

Attention to detail is important for any project, but a job of this scale had to be perfect.

Roller wave distortion, a visible imperfection that can occur in the glass heat-treatment process, is something that Glasshape was sure to avoid when creating the lites for the project.

“There’s a huge amount of skill and technology involved in this project in order to bring big laminated glass together and to create aesthetically pleasing edge details,” says Andrew Bissett, design and marketing manager at Glasshape.

]“It was very important for us to be able to show [Jaroff Studios] that we could deliver a product that had good edge detail and did not have any issues with roller waves-the glass was nice and clear,” Spoel adds.

According to Bissett, the walkway bridge at the Waterline serves as a functional sculpture that came together as a result of a combination of materials and craftsmanship. “The sheer simplicity of the design, the complexity behind it-it’s almost disbelieving that someone can pull something like this off.

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