Design Competition to Reclad 58-Story MetLife Building At 200 Park Avenue

200 Park AvenuePresent-day 200 Park Avenue, photo via Wikipedia Commons

Metals in Construction is launching a competition to reclad 200 Park Avenue, a.k.a the MetLife Building, which is situated directly behind Grand Central Terminal. Architects and engineers are being asked to submit plans for an updated, eco-friendly and efficient façade that would also retain the building’s heritage. 200 Park is a hulking 58-story, 3-million square-foot office building completed in 1963. Submissions are due February 1st, 2016, and $15,000 will be awarded to the team with the most innovative design.

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6 Comments on "Design Competition to Reclad 58-Story MetLife Building At 200 Park Avenue"

  1. Of all the buildings that need to be reclad in New York it’s interesting that there is a competition being launched on the Metlife Building. Would be lower on my list of buildings that should be clad, maybe the Verizon building next to city hall would be a better candidate

  2. Whatever the outcome, the recalling project will no doubt exceed the original build cost of the entire building.

  3. I know old new yorkers don’t like this building, and it has been voted one of the most hated… But I like the retro 60s look. I’d say keep it the way it is… but I wouldn’t mind if they knocked it down IF they were building a super tall building

  4. What!?! I know this building is polarizing, but its a brutalist classic. I can’t imagine Mid-town without this tower. All it needs is a good scrub, and new glass that give it a lighter feel – I’m thinking UN Building style renovation.

  5. There doesn’t seem to be any agreement that the owner of the building ( Met Life ) will actually implement whatever recladding scheme wins this contest.

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