437 Madison is a 40-story building, blocks from Grand Central in New York City. The 800,000 square foot commercial office space building was built in 1967 by Emery Roth. Fogarty Finger Architecture was hired to re-position the entire building by updating the original 1960’s Modernist style and contemporizing the building with an updated design and new tenant amenities.
The most significant design update was the building’s lobby from the dark original space to an enticing entrance and plaza area. The new concept was to create one unified room with minimal glass walls, to appear airy and light. Lobby design elements include new Colorado Yule white gold marble walls, a historic marble used for both the Lincoln memorial and Washington Monument (the quarry only reopened in 1990 after being closed for 50 years).
Arched glass canopies define the building’s entrance and elegant horizontal bands of lighting help draw people in through the lobby arcade. The architects reinterpreted the distinct building arches of the original building into the floor terrazzo patterns, ceiling linear diffusers and new glass canopies. The lobby arcade opens out onto a completely re-imagined urban plaza with landscaped planting and seating areas designed by Rick Parisi of MPFP Landscape design.