The story of ALPHATUBE® is the story of the New York Times headquarters.

The New York Times Headquarters Building at 40th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City incorporates 1,000,000 linear feet of ALPHATUBE® in front of a clear glass curtain wall.  The ALPHATUBE® is ceramic sunscreen which is used in front of windows and curtain wall.  The attachment system is very similar to terracotta baguettes, with metal rods running through the tubes, and gaskets and closure brackets on each end.

Similar to the terracotta baguettes, ALPHATUBE® is a glazed ceramic tube which is also used as a sunscreen and is available in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Alphatube New York Times


Baguette Sunscreens can lend a subtle variation, add texture to a building, or create a work of art. Both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, terracotta sunscreens are composed of extruded material in a wide variety of profiles, colors, and finishes. Supported internally by a metal reinforced bar, the sunscreens can be installed horizontally or vertically.

baguette shapes

Fabrik®  by Flexbrick

Similar to a textile, Fabrik® sunscreen facade system by Flexbrick/Shildan allows you to “dress” your building in unlimited materials, shapes, colors, sizes, with different levels of translucence.

The stainless steel mesh is woven with other materials creating inspiring and unique screen walls. A Fabrik® screen wall can be “dressed” in terracotta, glass, wood and many other materials. Your design options are limitless.