Projects // Recladding & Curtainwall

575 Lexington Avenue New York, New York

This famous midtown eye-sore had a gold, anodized-aluminum curtain wall that evidenced considerable irregular wear. The architect’s $19-million program mandate was to visually alter the entire 36-story office building’s facade, lobby, elevators, and public spaces to position the building in a competitive 90’s real-estate market.

The entire structure was totally reclad with over 100,000 square feet of new, high-performance, energy-conserving, state-of-the-art curtain wall. Bronze-colored glass was installed into a large-scaled aluminum grid that was attached to the existing aluminum mullions. When the exterior was completely sealed, the existing interior windows were removed.

The architectonic grid of the new exterior facade was repeated in the lobby design on the floor as well as the free-standing marble grid wall. The original mundane lobby, reminiscent of a subway platform, was completely renovated into an extravaganza of multi-colored marble and lighting accents. Three different marbles were combined: Vermont green verde, malaga, and paradiso.

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, façade

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, façade

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, façade

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, lobby

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, lobby

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, existing

575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue, existing lobby