200 Fifth Avenue

2010 | New York, NY

  • 200 Fifth Avenue
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Entry Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Historic photo
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Entry Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Lobby Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Elevators Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Lobby details Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Courtyard Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Courtyard Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Courtyard Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • 200 Fifth Avenue Courtyard diagram

Originally the site of the Fifth Avenue Hotel in 1859, 200 Fifth Avenue later opened in 1909 as an office building. It served as the International Toy Center for over half a century, catering to thousands of toy companies and showrooms. With much of this industry now relocated outside Manhattan, 200 Fifth needed a dramatic transformation to establish it as the premier class A office building in the Madison Square / Flatiron neighborhood.

The creation of a modern, light-filled vertical garden re-establishes what was once a signature feature of this property. A structurally glazed curtain wall provides light and transparency to the newly configured elevator lobbies. Based on tenant demands, minimalist glass and steel bridges were used to connect the west end of this “U” shaped building.

The exterior envelope of the building underwent a complete historic restoration, including window and storefront replacement and new exterior lighting. A sleek new entry lobby with integrated security systems was incorporated, and the architectural language established in the lobby reappears in the details of the new courtyard.

The building is certified LEED Gold for Core & Shell.

Awards

  • 2012

    ASLA, Honor Award

  • 2012

    Architectural Record: Good Design Is Good Business Award

  • 2011

    Americas Property Award

  • 2010

    Architect Magazine: Annual Design Review, Work

  • 2010

    AIA NY, Merit Award in Architecture

  • 2010

    AIA NYS, Award of Merit, Adaptive Reuse

  • 2010

    Contract, Interior Awards, Adaptive Reuse

  • 2011

    BOMA NY Pinnacle Award / Renovated Buildings


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