645 Fifth Avenue

New York
Photo © Pavel Bendov
Photo © Pavel Bendov
Photo © Pavel Bendov
Photo © Pavel Bendov
Photo © Pavel Bendov
Photo © MdeAS Architects
Architects
MdeAS Architects
Year
2019

From passageway to destination MdeAS transformed Olympic Tower’s public space with a new, modern design. Our lobby design features a collection of elements - art, seating, landscape and retail - required to create a dynamic public space.

A particular emphasis has been placed on making the lobby a living element by focusing on the air quality and light of the space. A circadian lighting system was implemented to display the oscillation of light over a 24-hour cycle. Unlike traditional office lighting, the circadian rhythm transforms the environment with warm amber light at sunrise and transitions to cool, bright light during the day. The change in color and intensity mirrors the natural light at both entrances, creating a consistent atmosphere throughout the length of the corridor.

The green wall tapestries, designed by Abel Bainnson Butz, integrate five types of plants and complement the key components of our design. The new circadian lighting provides adequate “sunlight” for the living plants and integrates a pop of nature to the soothing atrium. Acting as a natural air-filtration system, the green wall tapestries provide clean, interior air that improves the lives of those inhabiting the building.

Alongside the natural landscape, MdeAS incorporates commissioned multi-dimensional sculptural pieces by renowned contemporary artist Liam Gillick. Curator Elizabeth Gould Vales, Art Collections Management, assisted in the international search for a permanent art installation that relates to both the historic framework and cultural context of the site. Gillick’s structural approach marries the subtle creativity and shape found in the architecture of 645 Fifth. Triangulated Passage Work exhibits his signature color and form, interspersing vibrant shades in aluminum forms; adding a dynamic work of art against the neutral stone.

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