The historic Tin Building at South Street Seaport will soon be home to the largest construction-grade glass media wall in the world. Designed by ANC, an experiential design company, the wall will enclose more than 1,100 square feet of space surrounding the building’s escalators.
Located on Pier 17 near the elevated FDR Drive and South Street, the property is slated to reopen this year following exhaustive redevelopment by the Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects. The media wall is one of the final components of the project and will serve as an ever-changing digital canvas.
GLAAM America, a building materials company based in Compton, CA, invented the architecture-grade display glass used to construct the media wall. Named “G-Glass,” the material is 99.7 percent transparent and uses micro LED technology. The wall is a unique alternative to more commonly deployed LED screens, bars, and mesh that obstruct the flow of natural light and overall visibility.
ANC expects the wall to provide 100,000 hours of full brightness over its lifetime.
“The interest we’re receiving from our clients in the sports, entertainment, transit, and development worlds signals a huge demand for these new media technologies,” said George Linardos, ANC president and CEO. “The future isn’t about sitting idly and watching the world go by—it’s about innovating and being in the moment, and we’re so proud to help create the future, today through our partnership program with the most innovative technologies in the space.”
Animated rendering of LED media glass wall in the historic Tin Building – ANC; Howard Hughes Corporation
When completed, the building will house a 53,000-square-foot marketplace that will be operated by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation to bring this truly unique experience to life in the revitalized Seaport District—an experience that will set the bar high for what an experiential shopping and dining experience can be,” said Jerry Cifarelli, ANC founder and vice chairman. “With GLAAM Media Glass in the Tin Building, we can provide that very attractive atmosphere.”