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Metropolitan Tower Public Passage and Lobby

This privately owned through-block public lobby was designed to reposition the entire commercial property, which had become dated. The new space functions as an efficient thoroughfare, a welcoming reception space, and public art gallery. Advanced lighting design and control is key to the project’s success; the glowing central lobby desk welcomes visitors while a 200-foot-long door-to-door eye level digital display strip addresses the pedestrian crossing from 57th to 58th Street. The strip features a changing display of digital artworks, adding some welcome variety and visual engagement for the worker who uses the space daily, and a reason to stop in for the art enthusiast or tourist.

AIA NYC Design Merit Award
photography © Paul Warchol