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550 Madison

2023 , 550 Madison Avenue, New York, New York
Design Architect: Snøhetta
Client: Olayan America
Categories: Commercial | High-Rise Renovation, Restoration and Retrofit
About project
About project

The transformation of this signature postmodern landmark in Midtown Manhattan provides a model for historic and adaptive reuse to meet the needs of the contemporary workforce

Formerly known as the AT&T Building and later the Sony Building, the building was originally designed by Philip Johnson for single-tenant occupancy, serving as the eponymous world headquarters for its corporate owners. Since the departure of the Sony Corporation in 2013, its office floors have sat vacant. Working with the Danish design architect, Snøhetta, we are re-interpreting the building for the way we live today: bringing in ample light and air, creating flexible work floors, designing a ground floor podium that will become a new retail destination, and creating a magnificent public garden. The building’s redesign modernizes interior spaces to meet the contemporary needs of a variety of office tenants and adds high-quality amenities, world-class retail, and restaurants.

Soaring above midtown Manhattan, 550 Madison’s dramatic “Chippendale” roof pediment is a distinctive element of New York’s skyline.  Once the renovation is complete, tenants will be able to occupy this unique space with its panoramic views down over Central Park and across the East and West Sides. Featuring slab-to-slab ceiling heights that range from 16 feet to 20 feet, each level of the 100,000 square-foot penthouse is open and column-free.

Targeting LEED Gold and WELL certifications.

Location: 550 Madison Avenue, New York, New York
Design Architect: Snøhetta
Architect of Record: AAI Architects, P.C.
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Client: Olayan America
Size: 850,000 sf / 79,000 sm
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Office Low-Rise
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Public Garden
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LEED® Platinum / WELL Certification Targets
Completion: 2023