The Smile: Black stainless-steel forms the shape of a colorful smile
A chess board made of black stainless steel
“Our team of collaborators and manufacturers have worked closely with us every step of the way to achieve the vision we dreamt up together, and to ensure The Smile becomes a significant contribution in this historic Harlem neighborhood. The Smile’s façade takes inspiration from the black and red brick of the existing buildings in the neighborhood. Its blackened stainless-steel panels were handmade in Germany and produced by a combination of mechanical, chemical, and electro-chemical treatments that, without any lacquer, create a natural surface reflecting the sky and light slightly differently in each panel, resulting in varying shades of black.” Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner-in-Charge, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
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