One Madison Avenue in New York City. Credit: Motiv

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The New York Post Praises KPF’s One Madison Avenue

The innovative adaptive reuse project in New York City topped the newspaper’s list of the city’s most fascinating reconstruction projects.

At One Madison Avenue, KPF has successfully added an elegant new office tower atop an existing limestone podium to create a contemporary workplace that complements the landmark clocktower next door and deliver an amenity-rich office experience. As The New York Post pointed out in a recent article about the adaptive reuse projects shaping the city’s urban fabric today, it would have been easier to tear down the building’s existing mid-century limestone podium and start fresh, but much would have been lost. KPF’s design incorporates the historic material to establish a dialogue between past and present. To support the new tower, footings were enlarged by 200%, 13 columns were added and existing ones reinforced.

The article cites the One Madison Avenue’s amenities and hospitality-inflected programming. “The building has 1.2 acres of outdoor space including a rooftop restaurant designed by David Rockwell. A 54,000-square-foot Chelsea Piers fitness center will be open to the public, while along East 23rd Street, new dining options will deliver both upscale and affordable offerings,” the paper reports. Already the building is proving itself a commercial success, boasting a tenant roster that includes IMB, Franklin Templeton, Triple Seven, and Palo Alto Networks.

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