1100 Avenue Of The Americas’ New Glass Façade Installation Progressing in Midtown

1100 Avenue of the Americas. Photo by Michael Young

Work is progressing on the re-cladding of 1100 Avenue of the Americas, a 15-story office building at the corner of West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Midtown. Designed by MdeAS Architects for Brookfield Properties, the project involves an interior renovation and installation of a modern, transparent glass façade on the 386,190-square-foot structure. AECOM Tishman is the general contractor for the project, which is located across from the northern corner of Bryant Park and to the east of COOKFOX‘s One Bryant Park.

Recent photos show a significant amount of progress since YIMBY’s last update in late August. The thick black netting and metal scaffolding that once shrouded the entire edifice is now long gone, while the new reflective floor-to-ceiling glass panels are steadily enclosing the building’s steel frame superstructure. Work is further ahead on the southern elevation.

1100 Avenue of the Americas. Photo by Michael Young

1100 Avenue of the Americas. Photo by Michael Young

1100 Avenue of the Americas. Photo by Michael Young

Below is a rendering that emphasizes the lightness and transparency of the design, a refreshing update on the original enclosure that featured a dark, reflective tint and a tight grid of mullions. Inside are repetitive rectangular shaped floor plates that measure around 25,000 square feet apiece. The renovation also calls for the addition of a new roof terrace that will provide occupants views of Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, and the surrounding Midtown skyline.

1100 Avenue of the Americas. Recladding by MdeAS Architects

A formal completion date for 1100 Avenue of the Americas has not been announced, but sometime in the latter half of 2021 is feasible.

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8 Comments on "1100 Avenue Of The Americas’ New Glass Façade Installation Progressing in Midtown"

  1. As with most reclads, I think this so far looks quite nice.

  2. Maybe it’s the light, but to me it doesn’t look light, nor transparent. The new glass is even called reflective in this post, not transparent. The green hue and the horizontal bars make it look heavy and old to me. Doesn’t look refreshing. Maybe I’d have to see it in person.

  3. If I recall correctly, this is the second time this building has been re-clad and modernized, the first being in the 1970s or early ’80s, I think. There may be other New York buildings which have had more than one such updating, but I am unaware of any.

  4. As usual, the rendering is looking nothing like the finished product. At first I thought those photos were the removal of the old facade. HBO used to be in the building and I was a frequent visitor. I thought that was the old glass.

    I agree it looks heavy with a green hue, therefore nothing like the light, airy and transparent look of the rendering.

  5. confused in st louis | December 1, 2020 at 1:41 pm | Reply

    Not sure , but think all of the new facade still has protective film on it. Not ready to write this one off yet.

  6. Still pretty crazy this wasnt raised for a much taller trophy tower.

    • Normally I would agree, but as a huge fan of Bryant Park’s airiness and light, I have to disagree on this one. It would ruin the park entirely. I have no objections to the Biiionaire’s Row towers in this regard since Central Park is so big. This is something else entirely.

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