Contract Magazine - July/August 2017 - 117

1221 Avenue of the Americas
Architect and Interior
Designer MdeAS Architects
Client Rockefeller Group
Where New York
What 18,500 total square
feet on one floor
Cost/sf $1,200
For a full project source
list, see page 140 or visit
contractdesign.com.

before

before
Last updated in 1998 (two
above), public spaces were
renovated to include custom
marble desks, white epoxy
terrazzo floors, walls clad in
Blue de Savoie stone, and soft,
varied lighting (left).

Dan Shannon, principal at MdeAS Architects
in New York, loves clever turns of phrase that
succinctly describe his firm's work. For its latest
project, his utterly appropriate description
is "from desolation to destination." That sums
up the renovation of the lobby at 1221 Avenue
of the Americas, a 50-story tower built in 1972 that's
part of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Indeed, MdeAS turned a cluttered, nondescript
entry into a welcoming, airy focal point-
a showcase of activity both inside and out.
The ground-floor public spaces were last
renovated in 1998. While less than 20 years old,
the interior was somber and dated, with yellow
limestone walls, low ceilings, dark marble flooring,
spotty lighting, and the clanging sounds of
mechanical turnstiles. The security desks were hard
to find, and visitors felt confused and unwelcome.
For the new "light and bright" interior,
as Shannon puts it, his firm removed the seemingly
heavy materials from the interior and exterior of the
ground level. MdeAS installed custom marble desks
at the front, floor-to-ceiling low-iron glazing, and
12-foot-tall revolving glass doors. Floors are covered
with white epoxy terrazzo, walls are clad in Blue
de Savoie stone, and columns are enclosed with white
metal. Ceiling-mounted LED strips, spotlights,
and wall washers provide soft, expansive illumination.
"A building of this scale should have a sense
of lightness, clarity, and grand entry," says Shannon.
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1221 Avenue of the Americas
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