STUDIOS Architecture

New York City

An original 1909 marketing brochure, found during the renovation of 200 Fifth Avenue, touts the white terra-cotta cladding on a wall surrounding the courtyard as a reflective surface that would bring daylight into the heart of the workspaces within. Along with STUDIOS Architecture's bold design, that 100-year-old brochure helped convince New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission that replacing the terra-cotta wall with a glass curtain wall would respect the original architects' intentions. The change was allowed, and STUDIOS transformed the aging 14-floor edifice into a LEED Gold Certified, Class-A office building. 'They used the latest technology from their day, and we're using ours,' says David Levinson, chairman and CEO of L&L Holding Company, the project's developer. Serving as the International Toy Center for over half a century, what once was a warren of showrooms for thousands of small toy companies is now a sleek, 650,000-square-foot mixed-use property'complete with a restored Neo-Renaissance facade'that maintains the character of the building and boosts its value. Tenants such as Grey Global advertising and marketing, the Tiffany & Co. headquarters, and Mario Batali's Eataly Italian market and restaurants pay upwards of three times more per square foot than previous occupants.

Grey Global, the building's major tenant, now occupies a new four-story addition at the rear of the courtyard. Once underused, the gracious courtyard boasts a vertical garden that brings the outdoors into the building. A pristine, minimalist lobby beckons visitors, while a new 18-foot-wide landing west of the elevator core offers efficient circulation.

Sustainable features include a rainwater recovery system, green and reflective roof surfaces, the use of certified wood, and an abundance of daylight throughout the interior.

'We took the idea of bringing a garden inside, while respecting what was there,' explains STUDIOS design principal David Burns. 'Not everything that is original is precious, but the spirit of what was intended remains.'

Architect:
STUDIOS Architecture

Completion Date: May 2009

Total construction cost: Confidential

Gross square footage: 859,102 sq.ft.

People

Owner: L&L Holding Company LLC

Architect:              
STUDIOS Architecture

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Todd DeGarmo, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-charge

David Burns, Design Principal
David Must, AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager
Graham Clegg, AIA, Project Architect

Architect of record:
STUDIOS Architecture

Interior designer:
STUDIOS Architecture

Engineer(s):
MEP Engineers: FMC Associates

Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti

Geotechnical Engineer: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

Consultant(s):
Landscape: Landworks Studio, Inc.

Lighting: Johnson Light Studio, LLC & Kugler Ning Lighting Design, Inc.

Acoustical: Cerami & Associates

Other:
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald

LEED Consultant: CodeGreen

Preservation Consultant: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners LLC

Façade Restoration: Thornton Tomasetti

Elevator Consultant: MJR Elevator Consulting Group

General contractor: Structure Tone Inc. (Construction Manager)

Photographer(s):
Nikolas Koenig
917-721-3922

Renderer(s):
STUDIOS Architecture

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
REVIT

 

Products

Structural system
Steel

Exterior cladding
Glass curtain wall:
Unitized Curtain Wall Fabricator: Alumicor Limited
Exterior Insulated Glass: PPG

Specialty Tensile Glass at Entry:
Tensile fittings: Tri-Pryamid
Laminated Structural Glass: St. Gobain

Rainscreen:
Terra Cotta Cladding: NBK Terra Cotta

Other cladding unique to this project:
Ornamental Metal Fabricator: A-Val Architectural Metal

Metal:
ATAS Metal wall Panels

Roofing
Built-up roofing:
Epoxy Resinous Roofing: KEMPER

Windows
Metal frame:
Exterior Window Replacements: TRACO

Doors
Entrances:
Blumcraft of Pittsburgh

Hardware
Closers:
Dorma

Exit devices:
Blumcraft of Pittsburgh

Interior finishes
Lobby Wall coverings:
Stone elevator cladding: Novelda Crema (Turkey)

Solid surfacing:
Ornamental Metal Fabricator: A-Val Architectural Metal

Lobby Floor:
Epoxy Terrazzo: D Magnan & Co, Inc

Specialty Metal Screen:
GKD Metal Fabrics

Lobby Millwork:
Security Desk:
RIMI Woodcraft

Furnishings
Exterior furniture:
Concrete Benches, Pavers, and Planters, accessories: Concreteworks East

Lighting
Specialty lighting:
Specialty Pendant Lighting: Phoster Industries

Specialty lighting:
Specialty Elevator Indicator Lighting: 3G Lighting

Dimming System or other lighting controls:
Lighting Control System: Lutron

Conveyance
Elevators:
Cab Rehabilitation: National Cab

Plumbing
Water Saving Features Based on LEED 2.0 Including Toto and American Standard

Energy
Building automation system:
BMS by Automated Logic

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Rooftop Irrigation Water collection for use in courtyard landscaping.

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