1214 Fifth Avenue

SITU Fabrication was contracted to produce a feature wall for the lobby of 1214 Fifth Avenue, a 50-story luxury residential tower at the Mount Sinai Medical Center campus.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 17-foot tall structure is made of 30 vertical sections of walnut-faced paneling, separated by thin bands of anodized aluminum.

We started by creating a plywood framework that defines the surface curvature of each section. Angled pieces of walnut veneer were then fixed directly to the frames and we trimmed away excess material using a CNC router to maintain the design’s precise geometry.

In total, we fabricated 280 custom panels and applied a dark finish to each one by hand. Together, the pieces form sinuous ridges that fold and wrap around the back wall of the building’s lobby.

Client

Mount Sinai Hospital

Architect

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Location

New York, NY

Completion

2012

Photography

Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects