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NYC, USA, 40 Bond Street, 3D Gate

In New York City Ian Schrager built an 11-floor apartment block at 40 Bond Street (opening 2007), designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Sculptural Gate in Front of 40 Bond Street in NYC, September 2011, Photo EXYD

In front of the building is a three-dimensional gate, made out of cast aluminum, 127 ft long and between 8 and 23 ft high.

Sculptural Gate in Front of 40 Bond Street in NYC, Detail Door Lock, September 2011, Photo EXYD

The shape of the gate is made up of four basic modules which are fitted seamlessly together in varying combinations.

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Sculptural Gate, Development of the Shape, 2D Input and 3D Shaping, Illustration EXYD

Founder of EXYD Detlef Schobert, working under the supervision of the architects, developed the modules from supplied outlines of graffiti, fused them together and constructed the numerical model of the sculptural Gate.

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Sculptural Gate - Development of the Shape: Studies in 2005 - Photo EXYD

Progress was checked from time to time with expanded polystyrene molds (Munderich).

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Sculptural Gate - Development of the Shape: Pilot Study in December 2005 - Photo EXYD

Image above shows a preform shortly before dispatch to the US (December 2005).

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Sculptural Gate - Foundry Process, Casting of Segments in Autumn 2006 - Photo: Bo Gehring

The illustration above shows the casting of a segment of the Gate in autumn 2006 (aluminum casting, foundry Polich Tallix with Bo Gehring, structural analysis DeSimone).

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Installation of the Sculptural Gate in Summer 2007, Photos Curbed

Above and below: installation of the Gate, June 2007 (photos above Curbed and photo below Bo Gehring).

NYC, 40 Bond Street, Installation of a Door as Part of the Sculptural Gate, Summer 2007, Photo Bo Gehring

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