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Located at the crossroads between west and east Greenwich Village in New York City, Astor Place is uniquely situated, with wide-open spaces around three sides of the building. It’s a new kind of luxury residence, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a distinctive opportunity to integrate Lutron shades and light control technology.
Designed by architect Charles Gwathmey, the all-glass exterior of the 270-foot, 21-story building offers breathtaking views of the city and has been featured repeatedly in the architectural press. “Glass is the new brick,” commented Metropolis magazine, noting the reversal of residential and office architecture. “For years New Yorkers were much more likely to work in glass towers than live in them. No more.”
“Here was a case where a homeowner on the West Coast was using her local contacts to design the window treatments and lighting for her new apartment on the East Coast. I saw the potential for the project to get lost in the shuffle, so I dropped what I was doing and stepped in to do whatever was needed to make it happen smoothly,” says Christ Surunis, a Lutron Senior Account Supervisor. “As the local rep, I helped guide the selection of the fabrics for the shades and assisted with a review of the control component specifications, ultimately putting the homeowners in touch with a window systems provider in the New York area. [Window systems provider] Pam Kisberg and I were like bookends on both sides of the country. We made sure this project was successfully implemented. It not only looked good and operated reliably—the customers had a positive experience and felt that everything was handled properly.”
The dual-shade arrangement reduces harsh sunlight, preserves the view, and provides complete blackout where needed. Shading combinations were used in three areas: the living and dining rooms, the bedrooms, and the media room. All three spaces employ a Sheer Shade with a 10% openness factor. The fabric maintains the view and limits harsh glare. In the media room and bedrooms, the second shade uses the Lutron Blackout Fabrics to provide complete privacy and light blockage. In the living room and dining areas, dual-sided Fiberglass Basketweave with a 5% openness factor was chosen, with a white back that reflects light to reduce solar heat gain. The shades are grouped by location within the unit. They can move up or down simultaneously at the touch of a single button under the control of Sivoia QED multi-group keypads. Kisberg lauds the symmetry of the Sivoia QED drive design, which allowed her to space shades a tight 1.5 in. apart from each other (less than the width of the mullions). She also credits the low-voltage control system for their quiet operation, another key factor in the project's success.