Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, 53 West 53 is now the seventh tallest building in the city. The building's multiple tapered surfaces create a unique silhouette—a nod to the classic towers that shaped the New York skyline and an architype for skyscrapers of the future. The tower draws its shape from the desire for more daylight in the streets. The narrow triangular top section is putting its unusually thin silhouette to good purposes. The striking gray metal exterior has a noticeable difference as it emerges over the surrounding buildings.
Tasked with this difficult color request, Texas Finishing selected Sherwin-Williams’ Fluropon® extrusion coating containing Kynar 500® PVDF to formulate the broad array of colors. Texas Finishing utilized Sherwin-Williams’ mix-and-match system to develop the gradients that the architect was envisioning. Texas Finishing and Baker Metals then worked side-by-side with Mr. Nouvel to ensure each shade captured what they had envisioned.
In my 35 years of metal construction, we have never used this amount of colors for one project, the entire team worked tirelessly to test every color to ensure each was exactly what Mr. Nouvel had conceptualized.
It took 400 semi-truck loads to deliver the thousands of aluminum panels sprayed with Fluropon® in varying colors from Texas to New York. Known for its durability, the Fluropon® coatings formulated with Kynar 500® PVDF resin will uphold its integrity for years to come.