Stainless landmark glows golden

Leslie McManus


Goldman Sachs Tower required sustainable and high-quality façade that looks absolutely identical in all conditions and from all angles.


Durable and beautiful, stainless steel offers a timeless solution. Outokumpu Supra with Deco Linen was used in the tower’s cladding. The Deco Linen finish delivers a blend of brightness and reduced reflectivity with a truly homogenous surface.


Steel grade: 400 metric tonnes of Outokumpu Supra 316L/4404 in 1,500 mm panels
Surface finish: Deco Linen

As elegant as a well-tailored suit, the Goldman Sachs Tower is a landmark property on New York City’s Lower Manhattan skyline. Overlooking the Hudson River, the 44-story building serves as the headquarters of an internationally known investment banking firm. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the Goldman Sachs building is at first glance coolly understated. But as the rays of the setting sun touch it each evening, the building’s uniquely finished stainless steel exterior emits a surprisingly warm glow.


Beauty with staying power

Completed in 2009, the Goldman Sachs Tower is a classic example of the use of stainless steel cladding on high-rise buildings. Durable and beautiful, stainless steel offers a timeless solution. For the Goldman Sachs Tower, Outokumpu furnished 400 metric tonnes of Supra in 1,500 mm panels. The Deco Linen finish delivers a blend of brightness and reduced reflectivity with a truly homogenous surface. A subtle plaid pattern enhances the effect.

Outokumpu worked closely with the architects and the panel producer, Permasteelisa Group, to develop the desired finish. Rigorous quality standards ensured that the panels are relentlessly uniform. There are no streaks or shadows; the panels look absolutely identical in all conditions and from all angles.


Committing to sustainability

The Goldman Sachs Tower received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. Among its sustainable features: an innovative eco-friendly underfloor air system that improves the effectiveness of the building’s ventilation system.

That commitment to sustainability is echoed in the choice of fully recyclable stainless steel cladding. The initial cost may be higher, but total life-cycle costs are significantly lower. Properly specified stainless steel can provide 100-plus years of service with minimal maintenance – and that is an important consideration for owners and for developers.

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The Supra range contains stainless steel products designed for highly corrosive environments. Outokumpu Supra range stainless steels have a good resistance to uniform corrosion in many organic and inorganic chemicals. The addition of molybdenum enhances the alloy’s corrosion resistance in many acidic environments.


There is a wide variety of surface finishes available for our stainless steel products. Decorative cladding that perfectly matches the architect’s vision. Functional and decorative surfaces for elevators and other indoor spaces. 

Cold rolled coil, strip and sheet

Available for use in a wide variety of applications, Outokumpu cold rolled coil, strip and sheet products are put to work across all industries and markets. 


Building façade material selection is critically important. The material must be visually appealing, low maintenance and impervious to weather and pollution.


Stainless steel is a superb material for sustainable solutions as it is 100% recyclable, efficient and long-lasting. Our vision is to become the customers’ first choice in sustainable stainless steel.

Environmental product declarations and LEED

We offer quantitative and verified information on the environmental impact of our main products for the architecture, building and construction in the form of environmental product declarations and LEED fact sheets for green building. 

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