L&L Holding asked STUDIOS to provide architectural design services for this 11‑story, 185,000‑square‑foot commercial office building located on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 20th Street in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. The building was originally known as the Methodist Book Concern when it was completed in 1890, and is part of the Ladies’ Mile Historic District. The building has undergone two substantial additions since construction: the first in 1900 when it was expanded 20 feet to the west, and another in 1909 when a single‑story and three‑story addition were added to the roof.
The building is currently occupied by a single tenant whose lease is expiring, prompting L&L Holding to rethink the property. STUDIOS completed an analysis and determined the building is currently under-built approximately 37,000 zonable square feet. As a result, we are designing a 27,000‑square‑foot rooftop addition; a terrace at the 10th floor as a single‑tenant amenity; a terrace at the 12th floor as a building amenity; additional mechanical space on the 12th floor; and a new fire stair.
We are also working with L&L Holding to redesign the existing main entrance on Fifth Avenue to create a better tenant and visitor experience. Initial design intentions include expanding the lobby to encompass an additional elevator, new finishes and lighting, and a new a new security desk with integrated services.