Lofty Windows

Architectural renovation of an historical building uses Zola windows to provide modern energy efficiency.

Windows were developed for the 60 White Street project that pushed the technological envelope while faithfully replicating the look appropriate for a 146-year-old historical edifice. Photography: Nico Arellano

Located in the heart of Tribeca, New York City, 6o White Street combines high-end design and craftsmanship with the standards of architectural preservation and environmentally conscious construction. The developer of this reimagined 1869 building—with a collection of eight residential lofts—is the Sorgente Group of America, New York.

With careful selection of materials and inspired interior design, the charm, character, and history of the landmark edifice is preserved and celebrated, while creating a modern loft experience. Zola Windows, Steamboat Springs, CO, played a role in helping embrace and engender the Passive House construction standard, aiding the transformation of a landmark-protected, large commercial building into an architecturally precise, low energy, high-performance facility.

For 60 White Street, a brand new class of window was developed that pushed the technological envelope while replicating the look appropriate for a 146-year-old historic edifice. Spanning three panes, Zola’s American Heritage SDH (Simulated Double Hung) window created a well-insulated, draft-free building envelope. The replica-quality window is said to provide industry-leading airtightness and thermal performance, coupled with craftsmanship fitting a detailed historical restoration.

The building houses eight residential lofts with windows providing airtightness and thermal performance, coupled with craftsmanship.

60 White lofts provide large and gracious rooms with ample lighting in a modern and luxurious space. Approximately 80% of the project’s materials were reused or maintained from the existing structure. The rest of the finishes were sourced locally, helping to breathe new life into the buildings. Some of the local materials include Vermont Danby Marble from Vermont Quarries Corp., Mendon, VT, and 300-year-old reclaimed oak from The Hudson Company, New York. The marble embodies the performance and durability of the project, while the reclaimed wood speaks to the natural and historical quality. An important component of the project is the biophilia and the use of nature to improve the building’s living conditions, including a planted green wall in the lobby, which offers aesthetic charm while contributing to a healthy and natural ventilation system. These materials help execute the vision of excellence, sustainability, and historical preservation—choosing to honor the past while building for the future.


— Watch a documentary on the project.

— Get information about the windows.

— Find out about Vermont marble.

— Get information on reclaimed wood.

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