61 Ninth Avenue

New York, N.Y.

61 Ninth Avenue Case Study - Neo-Metro with Rafael Vinoly Associates, Vornado Realty Trust & T.G. Nickel & Associates

ARCHITECT: Rafael Viñoly Associates |OWNER: Vornado Realty Trust | CONTRACTOR: T.G. Nickel & Associates

Situated at Ninth Avenue and West 15th Street, 61 Ninth Avenue, a new mixed-use commercial property, reflects New York City’s timelessness and ever-changing landscape. The modern glass building seeks to attract corporate, financial and tech start-up firms as tenants. Floor to ceiling windows glean views of Google’s Headquarters and Chelsea Market.

The property is slated to open in late 2018. For the meatpacking district, the 2000s ushered in luxury condos, boutique retail and an urban renaissance with the High Line, the Chelsea Market and the Whitney Museum of American Art. It has since transitioned into a thriving office submarket, boasting major creative and technology pioneers, Google, Apple, Samsung and Milk Studios as tenants.

Building/Restrooms: Modern Minimal Aesthetic & Industrial Style

Modest in scale, 61 Ninth Avenue stands nine stories tall and maintains 165,000 square feet. The exterior showcases a series of cubes in a lively offset pattern.

Aligning with the property’s commitment to sustainability, preserving views and celebrating the area’s industrial lineage, the restrooms had to follow suit. Using Neo-Metro’s custom basins, each space is a testament to the building’s minimal aesthetic combined with proven durability and performance.

Modern seamless trough basins

The modern trough basins, which are made from cast soy resin and actual stone, are each crafted as one piece—a seamless, monolith in a custom charcoal gray. Each basin has variations in color, achieving an organic-type appearance similar to the natural stone and granite found in the cobble streets below and grey for the Chelsea Market building.

Basins span nearly the entire width of the restroom and are installed directly alongside the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Installation of the basins to windows was made possible from telescopic, in-wall carriers, custom engineered for this project.

Using an estimated 28,000 square feet of stainless steel, the cantilevered carriers bear the weight of each slab and accommodate each floor’s varying height. And, proving that is adaptable to the aesthetic, Neo-Metro concealed the plumbing valves underneath, and color-matched the steel trap enclosures to complement the seamless surface without disruption to the clean lines above.

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Why NEO-METRO: Custom, Durable Fixture Solutions

With custom, pre-engineered furnishings for commercial baths, Neo-Metro offers architects, builders and developers’ meaningful solutions to fit any specification.

For 61 Ninth, where tenants represent the best in technology and business and expect five-star amenities, the custom basin and its engineered telescopic carriers enabled the architects to safely install basins alongside windows enabling stellar views. Worth noting, the women’s bathrooms overlook the Chelsea Market.

Working with the architects and contractors, the adjustable telescopic supports made for an ease of installation and will last and perform for years to come.

The trough-style basins harken to the area’s past while also complementing the contemporary concrete interior and façade. Further, for facilities staff, there is an ease in maintenance with no re-finishing required and the surface resists stains and scratches.

Factory Shot: Engineered Steel Supports + Trap Enclosure

In addition to concealing the plumbing, the custom basin was designed to prevent water run-offs and spillage, lessening the chance of accidents due to slip and falls and keeping H20 waste to a minimum.

Factory Shot: Seamless Cast Basin Prior to ShippingCreating the engineered steel supports for the basins enabled the contractors to complete the job without requiring additional crew members and avoiding delays. For the owner – adhering to budgets and schedules maximizes the opportunity for showings and leasing to prospective tenants, a win-win for all.

The onus on Neo-Metro to design, manufacture, engineer and ship the slabs and work with the plumbers and contractors took considerable time and care and was among the company’s most comprehensive problem-solving installations yet.

That said, the custom basins look well suited in their new light-filled, modern milieu and provide a compelling and functioning focal point for each of the 16 restrooms. Neo-Metro’s goal is that these basins remain beautiful for years to come and fit the needs of one of New York’s most high-powered commercial properties and its tenants.