There are not many buildings in New York City that utilize two materials on their facade, but 640 Fifth Avenue has an eye-catching exterior that sports both limestone and glass. Architects Leonard Schultze and Associates originally designed this now-22-story building, located in the heart of Rockerfeller Center, in 1949. But in 2004, Kohn Pedersen & Fox-led renovation added a 12-story glass curtain wall box on top of 640 Fifth Avenue’s original limestone base.
In addition to its LEED certification, 640 Fifth Avenue has an Energy Star rating that puts it among the top third of peer buildings in terms of energy efficiency. Its glass curtain wall optimizes natural light in tenant spaces, reducing the need for indoor lighting: a practice that is becoming increasingly popular in interior commercial design. Part of Vornado Realty Trust’s portfolio, 640 Fifth Avenue tenants have access to Vornado’s regarded building management software, which allows them to monitor tenant space performance in real time.
640 Fifth Avenue offers tenants prime Midtown boutique office space with a prestigious corporate address and LEED certification. Indeed, notable current tenants include European Investors Inc., Fidelity Investments, and Legg Mason Investment Counsel LLC. And retail tenants include H&M and Citibank.
640 Fifth Avenue may boast one of Midtown Manhattan’s most unique architectural exteriors, but the efficiency of its interior spaces makes it just as attractive.
- 640 5th Ave, New York, New York
- Plaza District
- LEED–EB: OM, Certified; Energy Star
- Vornado Realty Trust
- Leonard Schultze and Associates; redesigned by Kohn Pedersen & Fox
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 325,000 square feet
- Earned Energy Stars in 2011 and 2008 with scores of 80 and 77.
- Building Management System
- Building Recycling Program
- Electronic Waste Recycling
- Green Cleaning