Oxford Properties Group (‘Oxford’), the global real estate arm of OMERS, yesterday announced the reopening of the interior public plaza at Olympic Tower — a new, architecturally distinct retreat in the heart of East Midtown. Located at 645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower is a premier office and retail destination centrally positioned along New York City’s most iconic commercial corridor.
In addition to the renovated public space, the redevelopment of Olympic Tower brings a modern private lobby and new amenities for the building’s customers. Originally constructed in 1974 by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Olympic Tower was the first mixed-use building to open on Fifth Avenue.
The new interior public plaza reflects the building’s history and provides tenants and visitors enhanced public and private gathering space, anchored by Grano New York – a new café concept by Iganazio Cipriani – and Triangulated Passage, a new site-specific artwork by renowned international artist Liam Gillick. The new design by MdeAS Architects for the Olympic Tower interior public plaza creates an open, welcoming environment by bringing to life previously underutilized areas.
“Oxford Properties expressed the vision necessary to create a meaningful public space that complements St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center — two of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks,” said Dan Shannon, Principal, MdeAS Architects. The commissioned artwork by Liam Gillick, titled Triangulated Passage, is a series of multi-dimensional sculptural pieces.
The site-specific installation consists of aluminum panels presented in dynamic compositions that guide visitors through the interior lobby. Each of the three unique wall-structures contains a distinct and colorful schematic, while offering space for communal engagement and reflection. In addition to the artwork, the new interiors feature a collection of elements – seating, landscape and retail – further allowing Oxford to create a premier experience for customers and visitors alike. Source by Oxford Properties, photos Courtesy of BerlinRosen.