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1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
This project calls for the reinvigoration of the 50-story Midtown Manhattan office tower at 1345 Avenue of the Americas, whose owners sought to reimagine its lobby, public plaza and existing underground retail-and-commercial space, currently inaccessible from the street. An iconic architectural feature rebrands the property, replacing existing plaza fountains and serving both as a beacon for passersby and as a welcoming entry point to a newly activated underground space. The scheme sees a monumental elliptical glass canopy supported at an angle by an arching beam across the entrance. This lens-like oculus covers the similarly shaped sunken space, providing daylight, sky views and visual connection between the plaza above and the commercial space below.