Operable Wall

The 45-foot-wide glass operable wall rotates up to provide a seamless transition between the sheltered waiting area and the outdoor pier. When in the closed position, the sophisticated seal system ensures that commuters remain protected from wind and rain. A safety edge located on the moving door mo-mentarily reverses movement and then stops when activated to prevent injuries and damage.
The 8,900 pound counterweighted wall is driven at the touch of a button by a single 3 horsepower electric motor. The project architect opted to spotlight the concrete counterweight and drive system, encasing them within glass alongside the oper-able wall and visible throughout operation.

General Information

Completed 1998
Location: New York City, New York
Scope of Work: Design, Supply, Install Support

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