Art & Culture, Buildings

Time Warner Center

© Jürgen Schmidt

The 250 m high towers of the Time Warner Center received a new cable-net façade for the lobby measuring 26 x 45 m. A second glass wall with a 4° incline, measuring 26 x 16 m, is inside the lobby, which serves to provide acoustic separation for the ‘Jazz Performance Hall.’ A spectacular view is presented through the transparent glass skins from the concert hall and the lobby. The 2,14 x 2,44 m large sound insulation glass panes of the inner glass wall are only supported by the inclined vertical cables, which are fitted with spring elements at the bottom. The 2,14 x 1,22 m large laminated glass panes of the outer glass wall are supported by a net of horizontal and vertical tensioned stainless steel cables. The pre-stress of the cables was calculated so that the deformations of the wall and the glass panes are within the allowable range. The glass panes are fixed at points by simple glass clamps without bore holes at the four corners.

New York City, NY, USA
Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago; James Carpenter, Design Associates, New York
Related Companies Inc.; Columbus Center LLC.
Project Responsibility
Hans Schober
Facade, Glass


Technical Data

Height cable net wall
150 ft (approx. 45 m)
Width facade
approx. 26 m
Area facade
1,170 m²
Height Jazz Wall
60 ft (approx. 18 m)
Width Jazz Wall
26 m
Area Jazz Wall
416 m²
LEED-Certificate Silver




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