The Durst Organization announced the completion of a lobby upgrade and the installation of Leo Villareal’s “Volume (Durst), 2013” at 1133 Avenue of the Americas.
The eight-month multi-million dollar lobby renovations, overseen by the architecture firm Gensler, includes new elevator cabs with destination dispatch, LED energy efficient lighting, new lobby desk, terrazzo floors, portals, fire alarm, turnstiles and lobby concessions and newsstands.
The 1.1 million square foot, 45-story Emery Roth & Sons designed building was completed by The Durst Organization in 1970 and its Modernist lines heralded the transformation of Sixth Avenue into New York’s foremost corporate thoroughfare.
Today, the building’s tenant roster includes Ace American Insurance Company, Patterson Belknap, and Bank of America.
“1133 was the headquarters of The Durst Organization for many years and the building was the first my grandfather, father and uncles built on Sixth Avenue,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, president of The Durst Organization.
“The building’s timeless design, efficient floor-plates and optimal location make it as compelling today as it was when it was constructed. The beautiful new lobby and artwork update this classic to the 21st Century and we expect will make it a desirable corporate address for at least another 40 years.”
Volume (Durst), 2013 is a light installation by Leo Villareal. The sculpture takes the form of a three dimensional matrix composed of 86,400 white LEDs (light emitting diodes). It is abstract and evocative and can have many different meanings.