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The new entrance and lobby for this 1972 commercial office building
helped reposition the 49-story tower and make a statement about its
presence and the quality of its tenancy, which includes several prominent missions to the nearby UN. Rebranded as One Dag, the tower
rises on one of the last commercially zoned blocks in the area and,
extending a full block along Second Avenue, is a dominating presence.
The architects' first decision was to simplify the number of design
gestures in the 4,200-square-foot lobby and create a unified experience. Instead of a formal entry, middle zone, and end point, there is a
progression that blurs those spatial distinctions. However, the architects
kept the original curved wall as a way to highlight arrival at the central
reception desk. In a building whose façade emphasizes the orthogonal
grid, the grand curve makes a large impact by contrast.
The most striking element, which begins at both entrances, is a
bronze, solid-panel wall that slowly dematerializes as visitors make
their way to the reception desk and elevator banks. In a gradual progression, the bronze panels separate into narrow, vertical fins that twist
away from the white marble behind them. By the time visitors arrive at
the centrally located reception desk, the fins are perpendicular, creating
a moiré effect for those walking by.
Making the dark bronze wall that much more dramatic are the
lobby's floor-to-ceiling white marble walls and floor. The white marble
reception desk is visible from both entrances and offers attendants
views of all lobby areas.

Nikolas Koenig

STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE
NEW YORK, NY

INTERIORS MERIT

ONE DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA

Studios Architecture Design Team
David Burns, AIA, Anna Ammari, AIA, LEED AP,
David Must, AIA, LEED AP
Collaborators
JT Magen, Kugler Ning Lighting Design, Goldman
Copeland, Gilsanz Murray Steficek, AES, Mistral
Architectural Metal + Glass, Ferra Designs Inc.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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