Gensler’s reimagining of 550 Madison’s lobby breathes new life into the grand entry hall of this iconic skyscraper with a luminous design that is distinctive yet harmonious with the landmark building’s original architecture. Built in 1984, 550 Madison stands out in Manhattan’s skyline as a postmodern icon — an exemplary revival of classical architecture and proportions. The Olayan Group sought Gensler’s expertise in revitalizing the building to support today’s global businesses.
As a key piece of the complex building renovation, the lobby design is grounded in a respect for, and deference to, the original Philip Johnson design. The outcome is an experience that feels quiet, yet powerful; respectful, yet not a reproduction; and well positioned to propel the building into the future.