In order to transform this traditional manufacturing typology into a leading commercial building, 80 Atlantic retains the crucial elements but reinvents the way they are constructed by employing the newest materials, latest sustainable design strategies and innovative construction processes. The raised access floors and engineered plenums, which house mechanical, electrical and telecommunications services, mean that workspaces can be defined and redefined at will. The HVAC ducts, also in the engineered plenum, allow for more effective, locally customizable and healthier distribution of air. Collating these services in-floor gives users an exposed wood ceiling, which is unobstructed by services and can thereby evenly and more effectively illuminate the space. The beauty then is that you get the aesthetics akin to the historic brick and beam alongside the systems and environmental benefits of the most state-of-the-art Class A office.
In place of the traditional brick walls – massive but uninsulated and leaky – is a hung rain screen system. The porcelain finish, customarily too heavy for a wood-frame building, is laminated to a substrate and hung with thermally broken stainless steel clips. This mitigates the load and allows the building to maintain a masonry shell while also providing a properly insulated and air tight façade. As for glazing, the traditional punch windows have been repatterned (per a study of traditional proportions) and, on the basis of an intensive micro-climate study, sunk deeper into the north, east and west façades, for passive climate control.