People like staying in luxury hotels and aspire to live in luxurious apartment buildings, but there’s no real reason why work — where most people spend most of their days, after all — shouldn’t be just as posh. 510 Madison Avenue, with its 350,000 square feet of column-free Class A office space, luxury retail and choice midtown location, is an uncommon marriage of poshness and practicality, but it is also a towering — 30 stories, to be exact — affirmative answer to the question of whether a commercial building can be as appealing a place to spend time as a residential one.
510 Madison is gunning for LEED Gold status, and has a host of ultra-modern sustainable amenities going for it, but its original conception as a luxury residence is palpable on every floor. 510 Madison’s practicalities are as green as can be — from the super-efficient low-e windows that run floor-to-ceiling on each floor of class A office space to an ultra-modern, super-clean HVAC system, fed by waterproof fresh air louvers, that provides four times more filtered natural air than current code requires.
510 Madison’s list of green amenities goes on, ranging from the expected low-flow bathroom fixtures and efficient light bulbs to include unique measures such a reflective roof surface that reduces cooling load and enhances efficiency and office spaces that are virtually soundproofed against outside street noise. But while 510 Madison’s green credentials are unassailable, the luxuries that 510 Madison offers are solidly gold standard. These include a private sixth-floor terrace and dining room, top-of-the-line tenant health club, a golf simulator and the only indoor swimming pool in a Manhattan commercial office building.
- 510 Madison Ave, New York, New York
- Plaza District
- LEED for Core and Shell, Gold (registered)
- Boston Properties, developed by Macklowe Properties
- SLCE Architects and Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 350,000 square feet; floor plates from 11,500 to 16,500 square feet
- Only indoor swimming pool in Manhattan commercial office building
- Advanced HVAC and Air Filtration Systems
- Floor-to-Ceiling Low-E Windows
- Fresh Air Louvers
- Reflective Roof