Projects // Commercial

555 Fifth Avenue New York, New York

The primary goal of the owner, ATCO Properties, was to vigorously enrich this 240,000-square-foot building’s presence within the Fifth Avenue context and to replace the existing horizontal, white brick banding with a new vertical emphasis. A two-story retail base and an upper facade define the first ten stories. The base provides a distinctive retail presence to shoppers, using Caledonian granite with new bronze framed storefront windows. Bronze lanterns and integrated granite sconces add visual interest and drama. The upper façade has a new slender vertical motif of alternating fins of Caledonian granite and semi-circular aluminum ribs of varying diameters. Windows are operable and integral with the mullions. Above the tenth-floor set-back, cantilevered bay windows create unique “greenhouse” offices and expansive new sight lines of the midtown skyline. The materials, textures, and colors were carefully chosen to complement the predominately limestone environment of Fifth Avenue.

The entire $7-million re-cladding was designed and constructed with minimal inconvenience to existing tenants and with respect to existing interior walls and irregular column spacing.

The project was completed in 1995.

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, façade

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, façade

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, façade detail

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, façade detail

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, construction

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue, existing