Material Focus: Modernised Midtown Manhattan Office Building Features Solarban® 60 Starphire® Glass
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Located in one of New York City’s most iconic districts, 135 West 50th Street has transformed into the ideal community-oriented bright, daylit, energy-efficient space.

When it came time to upgrade the midtown Manhattan office building, architect Gensler sought the perfect balance of clarity and energy efficiency and found it in Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass combines the industry’s most transparent low-iron glass with a high-performance solar control low-e coating to produce a visible light transmittance (VLT) of 74 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.41 in a standard 1-inch IGU.

The combination provides exceptional daylighting and year-round comfort for occupants and visitors of 135 West 50th Street.

In addition to the transformed storefront and lobby, Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass is also featured on the second-level amenity floor, which includes a social lounge, wellness area, and a full-height operable wall that opens to bring the office and community together.