From passageway to destination MdeAS transformed Olympic Tower’s public space with a new, modern design. In creating a lighter, more welcoming environment our design includes disposing of the heavy awning in favor of an all-glass facade that is both sleek and inviting, which is inspired by the client’s goal for increased visibility and openness.
In the context of New York City, 645 Fifth is privy to a one of kind view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. With immediate proximity to this iconic architectural landmark, the 51st Street entrance becomes a direct connection to the urban environment further established by the enlarged floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light.
Our lobby design features a collection of elements - art, seating, landscape and retail - required to create a dynamic public space. In doing so, we drew inspiration from 645 Fifth’s past. The feature wall preserves the engaging element previously supplied by the Greek reliefs by integrating a faceted, structural wall that adds a variety of angles and unique focal points to the lobby.
The new slabs, which feature a multi-dimensional design that is as precise as it is unique, require a contemporary approach to manufacturing that tests the limits of today’s machine building technologies. Each slab is fabricated with a 5 axis (X, Y, Z of the linear plan while simultaneously rotating on the A and B axis, sculpting the stone from all angles) CNC machine (computer numeric control) and later it is meticulously finished by hand.