The Grand Pinnacle Award of Excellence
Over the years, Samfet has produced marble and stone for some of the most prestigious buildings in the world. From the supremely luxurious Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, to the world renown Studio City Hotel and Casino in Macau, every year is marked by exciting and noteworthy projects. In 2017, we won the Grande Pinnacle Award of Excellence for the stone feature wall in the 520 West 28th Street lobby. It was a great honor to be recognized by such a distinguished award.
About the award
The Pinnacle Awards competition brings together natural stone professionals from all over the world. The Grande Pinnacle Award of Excellence is the most prestigious award in our industry, and is given to projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify mastery in the use of natural stone.
Other awards are given to projects in the following categories:
- Commercial Interior
- Commercial Exterior
- Residential Interior/Exterior – Single Family
- Residential Interior/Exterior – Multi-Family
- Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
- Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials
Our award-winning installation Along with procuring beautiful stone for the 520 West 28th Street luxury apartments, our mandate was to engineer and execute an artistic feature stone wall in the lobby area. Artfully carved from smokey gray Grigio Brasile marble, the wall creates a breathtaking piece of art that expands 34 feet across the lobby.
The initial phase of the project started with sourcing marble blocks in Greece, where we ensured that the materials had just the right color variations for this monochromatic design. Our teams worked closely with the architects to refine the layouts to allow for an exact installation process. Next, the stone was shipped from Greece to Italy for a highly detailed fabrication process before arriving in New York City ready to be installed like a giant 3D puzzle.
This project is an example of a unique collaboration of creativity, experience, and craftsmanship. We’re proud to say that this work of art is a standing landmark that shows how vision, combined with skill and engineering, can push stone design to the limits.
About 520 W 28th Street
Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, world renowned architect, the 520 West 28th Street is an ultra-luxurious residential building that includes 39 private residences as well as several luxury state-of-the-art amenities. The rounded glass windows with steel bands look out onto New York City’s famous High Line park. These dynamic curves create a distinctive chevron pattern that embraces interlacing levels, maximizing privacy and security between residences.
The condominium boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows, a 75-foot skylit indoor pool, a private IMAX theatre, and more.