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Luxury Design Meets Iconic Architecture

Rochester, NY (US)

When converting a commercial space into high-end lofts for one of Downtown Rochester’s most iconic buildings, the interior design had to be as impressive as the exterior. Built in 1973, The Metropolitan is one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, standing 392 feet high with 26 stories. Easily recognizable by its white “fins,” the building’s original architect, John Graham & Associates, was the same firm that designed Seattle’s internationally known Space Needle.

The mixed-use development owners wanted a high-end loft vibe to attract professionals wanting to live downtown. The renovation encompassed 65 units, each with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, so the interior design solutions needed to be repeatable, cost effective and deliverable on time and within budget. Project fabricator Nexis3 rose to the challenge by using EGGER thermally fused laminate (TFL) panels to deliver luxury kitchen, bath and laundry storage solutions in a variety of authentic woodgrain reproductions, which varied from unit to unit.

Featured decors included H3325 ST28 Tobacco Gladstone Oak, a Feelwood decor with deep, embossed-in-register textures for striking realism; H1145 ST10 Natural Bardolino Oak; and H3090 ST22 Shorewood.

By using TFL as a decorative surface solution, the fabricator was able to deliver luxury living but with greater durability and lower cost than veneers or real wood. Also, because TFL requires less processing as a pre-fabricated panel, it offered labor cost savings over laminates (HPL) and wood veneers, thanks to reduced labor hours. TFL also allowed for deeper, more authentic surface textures than what would be possible with laminates.

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Rochester, NY (US)


Mauro Cringoli, RA
Rochester, NY (US)


Gallina Development Corp.

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Gallina Development Corp.

NOTE: All shown decors are reproductions.