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390 Madison

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Project Description

This is one of twelve American projects on the 2016 World Architecture Festival shortlist.


The repositioning of 390 Madison includes the demolition of three million pounds of concrete and over 160,000 square feet in the building’s base to allow for the construction of entirely new floors at the top.

Reducing four, mid-height floors by nearly 25% allows the construction of eight new floors at the top. Eliminating floors creates double- and triple-height spaces. Improvements at the buildings base and the implementation of retail enlivens the street level.

390 Madison focuses on collaborative space. A new 6,000-square-foot, three-story, multi-purpose space can be used for a single tenant or as a building-wide shared amenity.

390 Madison also features an “L” shaped triple-height interior space occupying the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and 47th Street.

Combined with a 20’ deep, exterior wraparound terrace garden along 46th street, Madison Ave & 47th street, the triple height interior becomes a window to the city.

Smaller terraces at differing heights provide views and out- door spaces for tenants, creating opportunities for fresh air.

By removing columns from the perimeter, 390 is embued with natural light. This increased sunlight also influences glass selection and mechanical systems, ensuring an energy efficient result. This efficiency lowers residents’ occupancy costs and makes each work- place more environmentally responsible.

A corner ground-floor retail space will welcome workers and guests from the street. Removed floor slabs and col- umns create floor to ceiling glass walls that blend the line between street and interior, all accented by a sloped exterior corner.
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