Our office co-developed this residential project in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The design added four new floors to a six-story Romanesque brick warehouse; the additional space was made possible by an airrights transfer from and an eight-foot cantilever over an adjacent low-rise historic building. The new volume is clad in anthracite zinc panels—a rain-screen enclosure—punctuated by a seemingly random pattern of floor-to-ceiling windows and translucent lighted strips. The materiality and dynamic rhythm of the new fenestration provide a counterpoint to the solidity of the brick warehouse and symbolize the transformation of the district from industry to the arts and nightlife. The pattern was calibrated to make the most efficient use of standard sheets of zinc. We worked closely with the fabricators to understand the properties of the material and the parameters that defined its manipulation. Each panel was laser-cut directly from our digital files and etched with a reference code that was keyed to installation drawings, which indicated location of panels, sequence of installation, and special instructions such as flashing details and mock-up requirements. While production of the panels was largely automated, technique was not eliminated—rather, it was incorporated into the details of the design.