Rudin Management Company has commenced construction of the redesigned lobby and public areas of 41 Madison Avenue, in the Flatiron District.
The Rudins have commissioned world-renowned architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to brighten and expand the ground floor lobby into a new double-height space enclosed by new glass storefronts.
Originally designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built by the Rudins in the mid-1970s, the 42-story, 500,000 s/f property is directly across from Madison Square Park, and has been long-regarded as a premier property in one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods.
SOM’s design will brighten the lobby space with white marble flooring, pearlescent glass wall panels, and a luminous ceiling lit by energy-efficient LEDs to complement the original book-matched Travertine wall panels that will remain on the elevator cores.
The space will also feature a glass entrance, a new reception area and redesigned elevator cabs.
“We are thrilled with SOM’s sophisticated, eye-catching design,” said Bill Rudin, co-vice chairman and CEO of Rudin Management Company.
Eric Rudin, co-vice chairman and president of Rudin Management Company, added, “It was important to us that it not just be beautiful and bright, but energy efficient and state-of-the-art and attractive to our tenants.”
Tenants at the property include the Gersh Agency, Water Island Capital and award-winning restaurant A Voce. 41 Madison Avenue,is also The New York Merchandise Mart, home to 23 floors of showrooms belonging to 80 international manufacturers of tableware, housewares and gift products.