After initial concept design studies, The Durst Organization engaged STUDIOS to provide design services for the ground-floor lobby, retail, plaza and exterior upgrades at 1155 Avenue of the Americas. The original building, completed in the mid-1980s, included tinted perimeter glazing and deep spandrels at the SE building chamfer and the lobby had two points of entry and two security desks.
STUDIOS began by working from the concept design package to design a single, primary entrance on 44th Street. The re-design is intended to create a better tenant and visitor experience including: a modified lobby footprint to transfer the Avenue of the Americas entry to the retail tenant and shifting a small area of retail space adjacent to the 44th Street entry to the lobby; new exterior and interior finishes and lighting; a new single security desk, with integrated services for security, communications, elevator controls and fire alarm; new security access points at both elevator bays; and new storefront, facade updates and canopy at entry.
The building renovation includes the coordination and development documentation for the replacement of the existing tinted window units with new high-performance; energy-efficient; clear glass window units throughout the building, as well as the replacement of the existing windows (including removal of the existing spandrels panels and heating units) on the south-east corner of the tower with a new curtain wall system and heating system enclosure.
STUDIOS is developing a new plaza experience tied into the new entrance elements and the revised retail layout facing Avenue of the Americas. This plaza will preserve the existing trees at the south-west corner and the current POPS compliance. The proposed plaza includes a green screen wall at the south-west corner and new building identity signage.