Oxford Properties Group has unveiled a luminous revamp of an interior public plaza within Manhattan’s Olympic Tower. Originally constructed in 1974 by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the plaza was reimagined by MdeAS Architects who oversaw the $30 million overhaul.
Located at 645 Fifth Avenue, the 51-story Olympic Tower was the first mixed-use property established on the avenue and includes residences, luxury retail, and commercial office area. Today, the refurbished plaza spans 10,500 square feet and includes a new cafe concept from Ignanzio Cipriani, a circadian lighting system that responds and reacts to the time of day, and green wall tapestries.
“Oxford immediately recognized its hidden potential, and has been dedicated to improving the customer experience, culture, and community since acquiring the building in 2015,” said Kevin Egan, Head of New York at Oxford Properties. “This latest investment enabled us to fulfill our vision of Olympic Tower as a premier Midtown office destination.”
The ground floor space also features a commissioned series of installations by British artist Liam Gillick. Entitled Triangulated Passage, the artwork is comprised of multi-colored, aluminum panels and is meant to create a kinetic energy within the corridor.