Dramatic Seams Construction Metal Facades Building

This building will boast a dramatic, highly decorative exterior inspired equally by the applied metal facades of tribeca’s 19th century cast iron architecture and such contemporary sources as couture fashion, with its dramatic seams and construction techniques.


Gleaming black horizontal ribbons of metal will wrap the facades, twisting and torquing into functional elements – balconies, terraces, and sunshades – and framing views from within the building. Van Berkel’s horizontal geometries are integrated into the residences of this building; Five Franklin Place, where space is configured to allow the maximum amount of interpretation by those who live inside and key fixtures are custom-designed and streamlined to emphasize the great horizontal planes of windows that offer views of the city and bring light indoors.

The interiors of the 55 residences are designed in three distinct apartment types: Loft Residences, City Residences and Sky Penthouses, each with their own distinct architectural features, colour palate and choice of materials.

Located in the Tribeca Historic Cast Iron District in downtown Manhattan, Five Franklin Place, will be the first major American building by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UN studio. The building will rise 20 stories offering impressive panoramic views of the Hudson River, East River, and Manhattan Skyline.


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