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Ben van Berkel, Pour Yourself a Slab

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How to solve the problem of slotting black and bendy Five Franklin Place into a neighborhood of 100-plus year old buildings so that everything stands tall and secure? For Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and the gang at UNStudio, the answer was to clear out the guts of a couple of old buildings, then weave about 637 miles of black and bendy rebar ribbons into three feet of foundation. Finally, cover it all with lots of concrete. In this neck of the woods it's better to be safe than sorry. Ben's made a strong start on what's needed to get this big basket of blingification rising above Tribeca. Now, it's time to pour another one.
· Black and Bendy Five Franklin Place Fully Exposed [Curbed]
· Projects > Five Franklin Place [UNStudio website]
· Berkel Diggin' Five Franklin Place [Curbed]