Even though it may be on the verge of losing one of its highest-profile tenants there – Microsoft, to a 15-year, 400,000-square-foot lease at the similarly LEED-certified 11 Times Square – Vornado Realty Trust recently announced that construction is underway to renovate the lobby and entranceway at its 43-story, 2-million-square-foot 1290 Avenue of the Americas.
Designed by Moed de Armas & Shannon to include a three-story, glass storefront canopy, the project scope includes the design and renovation of of nearly 15,000 square feet of the tower’s lobby space, as well as multiple entry plazas and a 5000-square-foot arcade. The project team is targeting a spring 2013 completion.
“There were two principal ideas to the work we are doing there: the first one is to give the building its proper identity on the street,” MDS principal Dan Shannon told the Commercial Observer. “[1290 Avenue of the Americas] is unique because it is one of the few buildings where the tower itself is recessed from the street behind these two wings that pull forward, so there’s almost a courtyard in the front. It’s a nice piece of architecture, but it hides the entry so to speak. 1301 and 1285 [Avenue of the Americas], Exxon – they all stand proud on the street and this one is recessed from the street, so the entry has always been a bit of a challenge in terms of its identity and presence.”
Also known as the AXA Financial Center, the International Style-tower is home to Cushman & Wakefield’s world headquarters, which is also certified Silver, under LEED for Commercial Interiors. Other notable tenants at 1290 Avenue of the Americas include the law firm Bryan Cave and Warner Music Group.