New Statue of Liberty Museum: Two VS1 Walls

The new Statue of Liberty Museum, to be opened to the public in 2019, will feature two VS1 walls and a VS1 all-glass elevator enclosure. The new museum was designed by FXFOWLE, with whom Innovation Glass has worked on previous projects. 


Project Details

Location: Liberty Island
Architect: FXFOWLE
Facade Design: Innovation Glass
Certificate: LEED Gold Anticipated
Opening: 2019

The Statue of Liberty project has two separate VS1 walls. The first is an entry wall with all glass balance doors and revolving doors. The second wall is the feature wall, featuring three elevations and two all glass corners. The corners are unique in that they are not 90 degrees, but rather extremely acute and obtuse: they are approximately 25 degrees and 130 degrees, respectively. Both walls are two story walls with sloping head conditions, and the feature wall in the torch gallery has one elevation that is sloping at the sill.

The project utilizes a toggle system in lieu of the standard VS1 pinch cap. Finally, there is an all glass elevator enclosure at the green roof that is fully self-supported from the sill. The walls include the same glass used on the project while the roof has a metal panel integrated into it. The support structure for the elevator enclosure is the VS-1 10” standard mullion that forms a horseshoe along both perpendicular axis with 90 degree miters and fully concealed splice plates.

VS1 Details

• Entry wall with all-glass balance doors and revolving doors
• Feature walls with extreme angle corners
• All-glass elevator enclosure at the green roof

From The Ellis Island Foundation:

"The final moment in the museum exhibit creates a dramatic experience of beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty and New York harbor along with the presence of the original Statue of Liberty torch. The scale of the torch against these beautiful backgrounds create the emotional excitement and important of the State of Liberty." 

The stunning, unimpaired view of the iconic Statue of Liberty is made possible by VS1. 


The new museum is anticipated to be GOLD LEED certified. LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an energy eficiency rating system created by the United States Green Building Council, and is used to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and to encourage architects and other participants in the market to move towards sustainable design. VS1 is ideal for building LEED-certified buildings, and projects featuring the VS1 have achieved LEED ratings of all levels

All images in this post courtesy of FXFOWLE, the project architects.