A classic New York story, rewritten for today

The reinvention of 1271 Avenue of the Americas provides a unique opportunity; the efficiency and infrastructure of a new building, combined with the history and prestige of one of New York City's most recognized addresses for business.

An icon of mid-century modern architecture, 1271 Avenue of the Americas has always used design to inspire and elevate the work day. An extensive top-to-bottom renovation means that this world-renowned building will continue to turn heads well into the future.

Rendering of Sixth Avenue façade

Reinvention by
a world-class team

The building's transformation is being led by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, recognized for nearly six decades as one of the world’s preeminent architecture and planning firms. This comprehensive project will dramatically improve views and light with a new exterior façade, revive the plaza, and reimagine the lobby’s bold design.

Rendering of plaza at 50th Street and Sixth Avenue

Improved performance for today's needs

We've retained the iconic identity of the building, and evolved it for the workplace of the future. Our attention to detail extends from infrastructure upgrades to improved energy efficiency to creating a brighter, healthier, more pleasant work environment.

  • New high-efficiency double-glazed curtain wall with nearly 60% more vision glass
  • New high-performance perimeter HVAC system
  • Modernized elevators with destination dispatch controls
  • New elevator cab interiors
  • Currently LEED Silver; LEED Gold certification is anticipated
  • Platinum Wired certification with superior technology infrastructure

Rendering of window view, before and after comparison

Rendering of new exterior curtain wall

A podium with
exceptional views

New double-pane glass façade with enlarged windows featuring approximately 10-foot mullions delivers an extraordinary glass box at the podium. The positioning of the glass box offers a highly visible and prominent presence in the heart of Midtown.

  • Views of the exciting New York City streetscape of Rockefeller Center's Sixth Avenue open-air plazas and Radio City Music Hall
  • Remarkable views up and down Sixth Avenue, from Central Park to One World Trade Center
  • Bright daylight on all sides, due to the generous setbacks of neighboring buildings
  • Large 75,000-square-foot floor plates providing efficient and collaborative environments for today’s modern workplace
  • Crowning the glass box podium is a large outdoor terrace providing an amazing amenity for your employees, clients and guests

Rendering of podium at 51st Street and Sixth Avenue

Rendering of Sixth Avenue breezeway entrance with reimagined signature canopy