The MetLife Building falls somewhere below the image of a pure glass tower with its facade being broken up by the texture and materiality of concrete fins and panels. It is an attempt to maintain a sense of human scale that exists in contrast to the infinite expanses of glass in the buildings surrounding it. Our proposal aims to honor that sense of scale and texture through a unitized curtain wall and rainscreen system of aluminum and glass that is designed around the life-cycle and recyclability of its component parts. Their form references the arches of Grand Central and playfully subverts them as they array themselves at various scales across the building. The MetLife Building becomes The ModLife Building as a nod of acknowledgement to Modernism and modularity of the past and future.
Competition Year: 2016 with Joshua Jow and Ashley Reed