The Glasshouse, Manhattan New York – Case Study

The Project

The Glasshouse is a 35,000 sq. ft all exterior glass wall event space overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan. The Design Team wished to maintain this exterior view from within by using a 15’ tall moveable acoustic glass wall system: let the outside in. This design objective required solid acoustic panels and glass panels that could be interchanged freely in order to configure the meeting areas as dictated by specific requirements. This need required the design and installation of a fool proof grid of intersecting overhead track & intersections (2200 lineal feet), special width solid and glass panels (3 widths) and a flexible expandable panel closure system. As an overhead track structural steel was not part of the initial project design the Moderco distributor, Value Added Group, designed and installed a complete steel strut support system.

The Team

Architects Kossar & Garry Architects, NYC.
Alan Garry – Principal Architect
Glenn Josey – Project Architect
Moderco Partner Peter Sobel,
Value Added Group. Port St. Lucie Florida.


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The Product

Product Signature acoustic 841 solid panels. Crystal 241 acoustic glass panels
Panels Single/Individual
Stacking Special stacking area designed to permit multiple wall configurations and eliminate “in place” sorting issues. See schematic.
Unique dimension The special glass panels are 15’ tall. A height unique in the industry. 15’ tall “broke” the moveable wall glass ceiling.
Closure Specially developed expandable panel closures designed to minimize the number of panel sizes for the varied configurations.
Acoustic Seals Mechanically key operated acoustic top and base seals designed to maximize acoustics, provide security and also firmly lock all panels in place.


Special Features

Track set flush with ceiling to minimize visibility and maintain aesthetics in custom ceiling grid.

Picture hangar rails integrated in all panels at 9’ and 15’ heights from which banners, photos may be suspended.

Protective edge trim on all panels in order to minimize damage to architectural faces and glass surfaces.



Click here to see the Architects comments and conclusions. “Moderco exceeded our original vision. We called the others and they said no. We called Moderco and they said yes”