New York, NY
Concept Design 2020

Work—Fogarty Finger Architects

As part of an extensive building repositioning effort, we were engaged to reimagine the top three penthouse floors of a Madison Avenue tower through a series of testfit plans and marketing renderings. The pinnacle of this iconic building, these three floors were the original executive suite for a corporation that developed the building in the 1980s. The only remaining design element of the interior is an impressive triple-height marble stair and vestibule occupying the eastern bay. Structurally integral to the curtain wall, restoring and integrating the stair into the floor design was a central theme of the marketing exercise.    

The client proposed two different anchor tenant types for the penthouse floors—a more office-intensive private equity firm and a more open-office layout for a hedge fund. Both schemes dealt with maximizing a flexible workspace, creating hubs of collaboration and activity, engaging the view opportunities down Madison Avenue and toward Central Park, and repositioning the existing stair as a central asset over the three floors. Pairing a seductive palette of natural materials—douglas fir millwork, gray terrazzo, silver travertine, and lime wash paint—the design seeks to give the penthouse a curated aesthetic while being nonspecific enough to appeal to a variety of prospective tenants.

Keyplan in Midtown East

Office pantry area

Board room

Work area 

Executive library

Executive corner office