Leveraging the firm’s tradition of design excellence and commitment to craft, the repositioning and retrofit team aims for solutions that are both aesthetically uncompromising and technically sound.
At 1271, the team oversaw the restoration of the landmarked lobby’s Mid-century finishes and expanded the space to accommodate new reception desks for a multi-tenant configuration, all the while respecting the historic design intent.
Additional updates include modernised mechanical, life safety, and elevator systems and redesigned elevator cab interiors.
The upgrades have created a more liveable and desirable workplace, says Chris Jend, a lead designer on the project.
But the beneficiaries are not just the tower’s tenants.
“By reimagining the original fountain as a stepped landscape feature and adding a dynamic cantilevered canopy, we transformed the east plaza – across from Radio City Music Hall – into a more human-scaled open space," says Jend.
"Engaging the public realm this way acknowledges the civic responsibility in building, which in turn can generate commercial value.”
Seizing on this promise, Major League Baseball was the first company to lease office space in the updated tower, opening its flagship store in the main retail space fronting the plaza.