skidmoreowingsmerrill In Midtown Manhattan, the challenge of adding greater density to an already built-up neighborhood requires creative solutions. For the renovation and expansion of 350 Madison Avenue, near Grand Central Terminal, SOM took advantage of a 25-foot gap between the existing building and its neighbor to the south to create a new entrance. While the lobby itself is two stories high, its glass ceiling creates the illusion of a much loftier space. Uplighting below the lobby’s glass floor intensifies this effect—turning a former gap in the streetscape into a towering volume of light. High above, two new floors are stacked on top of the existing 24-story building. The renovation was completed in 1999.

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