1221 Avenue of the Americas public plaza | ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

New York / United States / 2022

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On the edge of Manhattan’s Theater District, just a few blocks away from Central Park and Rockefeller Center’s world- renowned Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Group’s plaza will transform into a spacious urban amphitheater that will serve as a gateway to retail spaces, dining experiences, and cultural activities.


The redevelopment comprises 65,000 square feet (approx. 6,000 sqm) of retail spaces and 22,400 square feet (approx. 2,000 sqm) of public plaza. The new spaces will establish a strong relationship with their urban context through a system of pathways that connect the area with the surrounding office buildings and the Rockefeller Center subway station, one of the city’s busiest hubs. The renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.


The project includes the redesign of two interconnected areas: the above-ground portion of the East Plaza and the Concourse Plaza located on the level below. ACPV’s vision for the underutilized area is a multi-purpose outdoor space that elevates the urban experience of office workers, visitors and subway riders alike.


A single staircase will connect the street level and the lower plaza seamlessly, offering ample seating for people to relax in the open air. “The staircase provides generous spaces to foster spontaneous social interaction and emphasizes the continuity between the East Plaza and the Concourse Plaza, also reinforced by the meticulous selection of materials for both areas,” architect Patricia Viel, co-founder of ACPV, says.


The key design objective for the East Plaza is to improve the walkway leading to the 1221 Avenue of the Americas building’s entrance. “In harmony with the building’s architecture, the East Plaza will articulate a new architectural language designed to bring clarity, coherence and a refined style across all its elements – including lighting, landscape, and public amenities,” architect Antonio Citterio, co-founder of ACPV, says.


Newly-created retail spaces and improved street and subway access will transform the Concourse Plaza into a destination in its own right. “The redevelopment is envisioned as a flexible area that is able to respond to people’s ever-changing needs, attracting both residents and visitors to the city,” architect Joseph Montaleone, ACPV’s partner in charge of the project, says.


“From a retail perspective, since this building was first developed, the Avenue of the Americas has completely changed for the public from a corporate corridor to a pathway between Bryant Park and Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Times Square,” said Bill Edwards, Rockefeller Group’s executive vice president of Core Holdings. “Space that was once designed for corporations has been adapted for new uses and we’re thrilled to have this blank canvas for innovative brands to explore and the public to enjoy.”


CREDITS
1221 Avenue of the Americas public plaza is a project by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) for Rockefeller Group.


ACPV team: Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel with Joseph Montaleone (partner in charge), and Federica De Curtis, Massimiliano Calabrò€, Silvia Pirrera, Valerio Pozzi, Davide Simone Anzalone, Marta Milano.

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    On the edge of Manhattan’s Theater District, just a few blocks away from Central Park and Rockefeller Center’s world- renowned Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Group’s plaza will transform into a spacious urban amphitheater that will serve as a gateway to retail spaces, dining experiences, and cultural activities. The redevelopment comprises 65,000 square feet (approx. 6,000 sqm) of retail spaces and 22,400 square feet (approx. 2,000 sqm) of public plaza. The new spaces...

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    • Year 2022
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Public Squares
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