The Clare

  • Location: Manhattan, NY
  • Architect: Manuel Glas Architects
  • Building Typologies: Multi-Family; New Construction; High-Rise
  • Year Constructed: 2016
  • Porcelain Cladding Used: 27,000 SF
  • Colors: Glas Limestone (Custom)

Here’s a link to see more images and details about this beautiful example of a custom color developed through our “Design Your Porcelain” program.

But you don’t have to take our word for it… Here’s what the architect had to say about this project’s challenges, choosing exterior porcelain cladding, and working with our team:

“My main concern about using porcelain panels as an exterior rainscreen “We first looked at using Porcelanosa Facades in 2012, for the [project]. But their system hadn’t been approved by any codes yet, so they were still testing the products. Our main concern at that time, was if the material for the upper walls would pass the testing. And if they would arrive on the job site on time. was simply a lack of knowledge. [This project] was one of the first significant US projects to use exterior porcelain panels in a ventilated façade application. So, it was a newer product in the US market and new to me…

Luckily, they did get the approvals on time, and everything worked out well. Making The Clare the first project completed in the New York City area using Porcelanosa Facade’s cladding system.

We’ve found Porcelanosa’s exterior cladding system to be excellent. The system is extremely flexible and offers a level of design versatility that’s very difficult to achieve with natural stone. It allows for many types of arrangements – vertical, horizontal, or both. The open joint system of the ventilated façade, the ease of installation, and the durability of the porcelain are qualities that inspire the treatment of your facades in new ways.

Plus, the almost unlimited variation of colors, patterns and finishes for their porcelain panels allows the development of cladding concepts that reinforce the ideas of a stone massing. Also, you can customize finishes and shapes.

We finished The Clare project in 2015 and now we’re doing another project with the same system. The porcelain for The Clare was custom matched to an existing limestone sample our firm provided. So, for both projects, we’ve selected custom finishes and colors.

Another big benefit of using Porcelanosa’s cladding system is it has the advantage of being a much lighter system than using natural stone. You’ll find enormous savings in the fact that porcelain tile is no more than 1/2 inch thick. When compared to 2 to 2 1/2 inches of stone. Which makes your stone walls much thicker – taking valuable space from the inside of the building. The projects we’ve been working on with Porcelanosa were in very tight conditions. So, it was ideal to find the wall thickness takes up less space…

…I would definitely recommend Porcelanosa Facades. Especially if you’re considering doing a building in natural stone. You should instead consider using a porcelain panel skin for the building. It’s a very good option. Porcelanosa Facades is an excellent company, with a great system, and they’re very easy to work with.”

Manuel GlasArchitect

Manuel Glas Architects, New York, NY

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