Manhattan’s iconic MetLife Building will soon undergo a major renovation of ground floor lobby areas, including the reinstatement of a long-shuttered connection to Grand Central Terminal. Tishman Speyer, the building’s current owner, has commissioned MdeAs Architect to reimagine the space.
Located at 200 Park Avenue, the structure originally opened in 1963 as the PanAm building, designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Walter Gropius and Pietro Belluschi. The property was acquired by Metropolitan Life (MetLife) Insurance Company in 1981, and finally purchased by Tishman Speyer and Irvine Company in 2005.
In an effort to restore the mid-century aesthetics of the building’s two-level, 50,000 square foot lobby, renovations of include new travertine-clad columns, terrazzo flooring, statuary bronze finishes, warmer wood finishes.
Tishman Speyer will also reopen a direct connection from the lobby to Grand Central Terminal that was closed in 1980 during a previous renovation. The connection is expected to simplify the confusing network of commuter passageways that currently connect to the terminal.
Expanded tenant amenity areas including a new hospitality-inspired visitor reception area and Tishman Speyer’s “ZO,” a comprehensive suite of services including wellness, backup child care, on-site health screenings and medical services, travel planning, community volunteer engagement, and more.