Designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarel Architects, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has completed a 22,000-square-foot interior fit out of its New York headquarters space at Boston Properties’ 599 Lexington Avenue, for which the bank is seeking an unspecified level of LEED for Commercial Interiors certification.
Because the bank’s employees remained in place during the renovation, the project took place in multiple phases beginning in September of 2010. Lend Lease (naturally) performed the construction work, which included the modernization and upgrade of 40 trading offices. GKV’s design aesthetic emphasized stone and glass accents: the elevator lobby features etched glass with silk-screened logos while the reception area is modern and high-tech with a large video wall installation.
Laser-cut vinyl designs were applied to individual glass office fronts to provide both translucency and privacy while allowing natural light to penetrate the interior. State-of-the-art A/V systems were installed in the boardroom while the trading floor is elevated to accommodate under-window planters that also provide interior daylighting. As you may recall, GKV has designed numerous LEED-CI spaces in Manhattan, including the 100,000-square-foot fit-out of the German bank WestLB’s Platinum space at the LEED Gold 7 World Trade Center.
Designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, 599 Lexington Avenue was the first building constructed in New York City by Boston Properties in 1986 after Mort Zuckerman purchased the site for a mere $84 million in 1984. The tower’s two-story lobby contains Frank Stella’s ‘Salto nel Mio Sacco’ painted sculpture and its green aspects earned the building LEED-EB 2.0 honors. Its 47 stories of Class A office space are enveloped in state-of-the-art, low-e glass curtain wall, which also helped the tower earn BOMA’s 1999 Office Building of the Year award.