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Gensler Reveals Renderings for 550 Madison Avenue Lobbies

December 2, 2019

Gensler and the Olayan Group recently released renderings of a redesigned lobby area for 550 Madison Avenue—formerly known as the AT&T Building. The 647-foot building was designed by Philip Johnson (1906–2005) and John Burgee (1933) and completed in 1984. It features distinct curves and arches, particularly in the multi-story lobby. “In reimagining the space, we sought out the essence of the original lobby. The lobby’s volume and spatial proportions are maintained in their simplest, most basic form and we see the results as a powerful expression of the building’s character,” said Gensler design principal Philippe Paré. The lobby renovation will preserve the building’s 110- foot arched entry-way along Madison Avenue while making a strong connection with a new outdoor canopy and public garden designed by Snøhetta.

“Gensler Reveals Renderings of the Redesign of Philip Johnson’s 550 Madison Avenue,” New York Yimby, October 26, 2019.

Aerial view of 550 Madison Avenue. Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission