"The Smile" facade system, stainless steel, New York | © Pernille Loof
The Smile (C) Pernille Loof

The Smile: Black stainless-steel forms the shape of a colorful smile

Designed by the Danish architecture office BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the monumental smile made of black blasted stainless steel extends along the 126th Street in the Manhattan district of East Harlem. Inspire by the surface of the moon and the cultural influence of the district, the T-shaped building integrates perfectly into the surrounding red and brown brick buildings. The interlocking chessboard like facade panels were manufactured in the Cologne factory POHL Facade Division. Flanked by room-high windows, The Smile reflects sunlight and vastness into the everyday lives of the residents.