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PRESS RELEASE: Largest US Installation of World’s First Digital Media Architectural-Grade LED Glass Integrated by ANC into New York’s Historic Tin Building at Seaport District in Lower Manhattan

Matt Walker

Leading experience design and execution company ANC was selected by acclaimed real estate developer The Howard Hughes Corporation to integrate the newest and most innovative new media technology on the market, GLAAM America’s Media Glass, in its transformation of the historic Tin Building into a new 53,000-square-foot marketplace operated by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Bringing New York’s storied Tin Building to new life requires a careful blend of history with technology, and ANC’s installation in the Tin Building will be the largest deployment of the fully transparent, LED embedded and construction-grade GLAAM Media Glass in the United States.

As the first of many projects to come out of the ANC/GLAAM integration and operation partnership announced in October of 2020, the Tin Building’s installation of GLAAM Media Glass is an opportunity for the building to be at the cutting edge of media technology.

The original Tin Building was home to the famous Fulton Fish Market, a once-burgeoning fish market dating back to the early 1800’s and the epicenter of wholesale fish trade in the United States. Today, the reconstructed building will serve a new generation in the heart of the Seaport District.

GLAAM Media Glass will cover more than 1,100 square feet of space surrounding the escalators in the heart of the building. While on the escalator, shoppers will have clear views of the marketplace awaiting them. The view from the retail floor to the glass will be an ever-changing array of fully programmable content which ANC will tie into the greater audiovisual network at Pier 17 using their proprietary LiveSync control system. ANC has long aided The Howard Hughes Corporation in creating unique digital environments in their developments, and its work on the Tin Building represents a continuation of that with the next generation of media façade technology. ANC is working alongside the project’s architect and design team at Roman and Williams, and construction manager, Plaza Construction.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation to bring this truly unique experience to life in the revitalized Seaport District – an experience that will set the bar high for what an experiential shopping and dining experience can be,” said Jerry Cifarelli, ANC Founder and Vice Chairman who oversaw The Tin Building project on ANC’s behalf. “Our clients continually look to ANC as an AV design and integration partner to uncover, vet and install the latest technology so they can provide their customers with memorable, engaging experiences. With GLAAM Media Glass in the Tin Building, we can provide that very attractive atmosphere.”

GLAAM Media Glass is unique in that it eliminates the compromise of design and building value from obstructed views and blocked natural light from LED screens, bars, mesh and attachments. The embedded micro-LED technology, weatherproofed and protected from the elements, creates a seamless connection between the physical and digital experience. It requires far less maintenance and repair than previous LED offerings, is priced at a similar capital investment and is estimated to provide 100,000 hours of full brightness over its lifetime, thus creating a total lower cost of ownership.

The Tin Building will also be one of the first in the United States to integrate a commercial video wall in a public space using transparent OLED. The Tin Building is a continuation of ANC’s work with The Howard Hughes Corporation at Pier 17, where ANC designed a custom multimedia system complete with no-bezel LED columns for continuous content display.

“The interest we’re receiving from our clients in the sports, entertainment, transit and development worlds signals a huge demand for these new media technologies,” said George Linardos, ANC President and Chief Executive Officer. “The future isn’t about sitting idly and watching the world go by – it’s about innovating, and being in the moment, and we’re so proud to help create the future, today through our partnership program with the most innovative technologies in the space.”

Visit the Tin Building Case Study to learn more and view the ANC 3D Render Visualization.

ABOUT GLAAM AMERICA

GLAAM America is the inventor of G-Glass, the world’s first and only ICT glass building material. Our 99.7% transparent, LED embedded, architectural glass makes it possible for buildings to become a digital media and interactive LED display without having to compromise real estate value. With over 250+ installations worldwide and 24 global patents, our innovation is at the forefront of the media architecture revolution, transforming buildings into media devices.

To learn more about GLAAM America, visit: www.glaamamerica.com

ABOUT ANC

ANC crafts custom multimedia environments to deliver unforgettable experiences. We transform commercial spaces such as sports arenas, transit hubs, entertainment venues and retail locations through immersive design, execution and service operations. Having more than 20 years of expertise, partners include Westfield World Trade Center, Wells Fargo Center, Lollapalooza, Rocket Mortgage Field House, and colleges and universities across the United States.

To learn more about ANC, visit: www.anc.com

ANC is part of Learfield IMG College.

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PRESS RELEASE: GLAAM & ANC FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Jae Choi

NEW YORK / LOS ANGELES – Enabling endless creative and commercial possibilities, building owners, developers and architects can now turn their glass buildings into magical, interactive video canvases.

GLAAM Media Glass is the world’s first and only ICT LED glass building material and is now available to U.S. clients for design, integration and operation through a new partnership with leading experience design and execution company ANC. The fully transparent, LED embedded, construction-grade material, created with 24 global patents, revolutionizes the media architecture market.

Imagine using your smart phone to control an interactive art piece on the façade of a New York high rise,  or stepping outside your LA office after a day’s work to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals with the whole building turned into the screen. With the new GLAAM Media Glass, produced by GLAAM America and integrated by ANC, clear glass facades can be transformed into a wonderland of opportunity.

“GLAAM Media Glass infuses a limitless digital world into the transparent skin of architecture,” said Casey Chang, GLAAM America CEO. “Through our partnership with ANC, we now offer a turnkey supply, integration and control solution for U.S. clients looking to be the forefront of media façade technology.”

GLAAM America manufactures the innovative architectural element based on each individual project’s needs and ANC will design, distribute, integrate and provide ongoing operation and service of the product for U.S.-based installations of projects like retail developments, sports venues, transportation and directional signage. Based on ANC’s portfolio of unique digital deployments such as Wells Fargo CenterPier 17 at Seaport District NYC and the Power Portal at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the partnership is a natural and complementary union.

Proving the magical possibilities, the product has been installed in more than 250 buildings throughout Asia. Via the GLAAM-ANC partnership, U.S. developers, architects, and owners can now also design and create wondrous, new possibilities with experiential facades and buildings.  

“As a creator of iconic and beautiful digital media installations, we are thrilled to be GLAAM’s U.S. partner to help bring this first-of-its-kind product to our market,” said George Linardos, ANC CEO. “For our clients looking to transform their buildings and spaces into landmarks with inspiring visuals and interactive content, this new offering can help turn a standard façade into an infinite digital story.”

GLAAM Media Glass is unique in that it eliminates the compromise of design and building value from obstructed views and blocked natural light from LED screens, bars, mesh and attachments. The embedded micro-LED technology, weatherproofed and protected from the elements, creates a seamless connection between the physical and digital experience. It requires far less maintenance and repair than previous LED offerings, is priced at a similar capital investment and is estimated to provide 100,000 hours of full brightness over its lifetime, thus creating a total lower cost of ownership.

The new product is 100 percent design-built and specified to meet rigid glass performance, durability, energy and aesthetic design requirements. It can be retrofitted to the interior or exterior of an existing façade, or as the primary façade material itself, integrating with market-leading curtain wall systems.

Whereas conventional LED displays create dark spaces behind them, GLAAM Media Glass allows building owners to utilize an entire floor area in the building by creating habitable interior space all the way to the façade. And because it serves as regular glass during the day and a dazzling display at night, GLAAM Media Glass also consumes less power than standard LED displays.

“Our product creates unprecedented value by giving fully transparent architectural glass, LED video display and interactive capabilities” said Chang. “Now it is possible for large or small scale architectural glass applications to create new revenue streams, transform into digital public art, broadcast real time events, interact with motion or sound, and even connect to smart phones and tablets for experiential activities. Our innovation is opening up new and exciting ways for buildings to increase their value and connect with communities in a way never before possible.”

“ANC and GLAAM’s partnership defines innovation and expertise in manufacturing, design, integration and ongoing operations,” said Linardos. “Every building can now be a living, breathing canvas in memorable, artistic, and enthralling ways that drive revenue, communicate and create a sense of community. We look forward to ushering in the future of media architecture with our clients and our new partners at GLAAM.”

ANC & GLAAM PROJECT PAGE

ABOUT GLAAM AMERICA

GLAAM America is the inventor of G-Glass, the world’s first and only ICT glass building material. Our 99.7% transparent, LED embedded, architectural glass makes it possible for buildings to become a digital media and interactive LED display without having to compromise real estate value. With over 250+ installations worldwide and 24 global patents, our innovation is at the forefront of the media architecture revolution, transforming buildings into media devices.

To learn more about GLAAM America, visit: www.glaamamerica.com

ABOUT ANC

ANC crafts custom multimedia environments to deliver unforgettable experiences. We transform commercial spaces such as sports arenas, transit hubs, entertainment venues and retail locations through immersive design, execution and service operations. Having more than 20 years of expertise, partners include Westfield World Trade Center, Wells Fargo Center, Lollapalooza, Rocket Mortgage Field House, and colleges and universities across the United States.

To learn more about ANC, visit: www.anc.com

ANC is part of Learfield IMG College.

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