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Fisher Brothers unveils streetscape, lobby redevelopment at 1345 Sixth Avenue

Fisher Brothers announced a $65 million re-imagination plan for its Midtown Manhattan tower at 1345 Avenue of the Americas.

The transformation is focused on major functional and aesthetic improvements to the public plaza, as well as a modernization and redesign of the building’s entrances, lobby and elevator system.

The redesign by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) will completely transform the sidewalks and plaza wrapping around the building as well as Fisher Park, the public space situated at the western side of the building.

Fisher Brothers is also investing in major upgrades to the landscaping program. Working with landscape architect Ed Hollander of Hollander Design, the new landscaping will rotate frequently and involve a range of seasonal plantings, all of which will draw on the natural beauty of nearby Central Park.
“Our objective with this project is to go much further than a standard refresh of our asset,” said Fisher Brothers Partner Ken Fisher.

“We are completely enlivening and reinvigorating the property’s outdoor spaces and creating a more welcoming dynamic entry into the building.”

The improvements are part of a $130 million portfolio-wide renewal program by Fisher Brothers to modernize its iconic office properties, including 299 Park Avenue, Park Avenue Plaza, and 605 Third Avenue.

Fisher Brothers Partner Winston Fisher said, “Our ongoing, portfolio-wide reinvention program has been undertaken in anticipation of ever-growing tenant demand for design excellence, truly collaborative spaces, greater efficiency, and attention to the environment.

“At 1345 Avenue of the Americas, our intent is to create a unique outdoor amenity by extending the openness, light and natural beauty of Central Park down into the Sixth Avenue corridor.”
For the plaza, Fishers Brothers and SOM are replacing the current dark hues of granite and concrete with a mix of light and dark granite. The fountains will be redesigned, providing a more serene and relaxing setting for the building’s occupants.

SOM also has designed a brighter, spacious and interactive lobby. The ceiling will be raised to 20 feet to emphasize verticality, and the main entrance facing Sixth Avenue will be opened up and extended by 10.5 feet.

A full-height, 58-foot wide glass luminous wall with color-changing LED programming will be installed, drenching the lobby in color.

1345 has recently modernized all 30 of its passenger elevators and now also features a first-class destination dispatch system.   The elevator cab design will include custom hand-fabricated glass and raised glass ceilings in the elevator banks.   Fisher Brothers has also upgraded its HVAC system with energy efficiencies and enhanced the building security system for its tenants and visitors.

1345 Avenue of the Americas is a 50-story, two-million square foot tower designed by Emery Roth & Sons, and owned by Fisher Brothers and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

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