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601 Lexington Avenue

New York, New York

Built in 1977 as the Citicorp Center and best known for its unique contribution to New York City’s skyline, the 601 Lexington Avenue site included an adjacent six-story office building and public plaza in need of renovation. In contracting Gensler, the client focused not on increasing rents, but on increasing the value of the entire neighborhood by making a distinctive plaza and atrium space. To this end, the new outdoor plaza and terraces make room for more dining and retail options, while enlivening the staid office component. The resulting 200,000-square-foot redevelopment transforms an internally focused space into a bustling urban oasis for Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood.