Smart glass manufacturer View has announced that View Smart Windows are being installed at St. John’s Terminal, the 12-story, 1.3-million-square-foot commercial office under development by Oxford Properties Group. This landmark Manhattan asset encompasses two entire city blocks along the Hudson River and will be the center of Google’s Hudson Square campus.
View Smart Windows use artificial intelligence to optimize natural light and views of the outdoors while minimizing heat and glare to provide a more comfortable and healthier environment. In addition, smart windows reduce energy consumption by reducing cooling requirements.
Designed by the sustainable architecture firm Cookfox and with more than 400 linear feet of floor-to-ceiling smart windows , St. John’s Terminal will offer occupants unobstructed, west-facing views of the Hudson River and the widest sunset in New York City, View said.
“Our vision is to transform this historic waterfront site in the busiest city in North America into a space that is regenerative for people’s health and restores their connection to nature,” said Rick Cook, a founding partner of Cookfox Architects. “Natural light and views of the outdoors are key to human wellness. View Smart Windows are integral to our design for one of the healthiest buildings in New York City.”
Smart glass offers significant health advantages by reducing the incidence of eyestrain and headaches by over 50%. In a recent study, employees working next to View Smart Windows improved their sleep by 37 minutes per night and cognitive function by 42%. These findings are particularly important today as users are focused on health, wellness, and re-entering the workplace with confidence.
“At Oxford, we believe in building healthier, greener, and more intelligent buildings, and View will help us to achieve all three of these goals,” said Dean Shapiro, head of U.S. development at Oxford Properties. “St. John’s Terminal will set a new standard for the future of buildings that benefit people, communities and the environment.”