THE PORTER HOUSE
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
PHASE / COMPLETED 2003
SIZE / 51,500 SF

Located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, The Porter House is the renovation and conversion of a six-story 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse built in 1905 to residential condominiums. A new 20,000 sq. ft. addition added four stories to the existing building and an 8 ft. cantilever along the building’s southern exposure. Employing a custom fabricated zinc panel system for the facade and floor to ceiling windows, the verticality of the structure and the unique interface between the exteriors of the original Renaissance Revival facade and the new addition are accentuated. Minimizing material waste, the project team worked closely with the fabricator, using software standard to the sheet-metal industry to develop an elevation pattern based on the most efficient layout of panels on a standard width of sheet material. Since the panels were cut and bent directly from SHoP’s digital files, an economy of scale was achieved in the manufacturing process while achieving a highly custom look with variable sized panels.