Enhanced arrival experience

The plaza, with its signature serpentine paving pattern inspired by the sidewalks at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, creates a unique sense of place in Rockefeller Center. We are transforming the entire plaza—replacing the original large fountain with smaller-scale elements that are more pedestrian-friendly, and adding a new breezeway connecting Sixth Avenue to the main lobby.

Rendering of aerial view of plaza, with signature "Copacabana" paving, at 50th Street and Sixth Avenue

Plaza & lobby
improvements include

  • Redesign of plaza and ground floor while retaining signature paving and entry canopy designs
  • Reinstatement of historic breezeway providing direct access from Sixth Avenue
  • New Copacabana paving, trees, plantings, seating and water features
  • Increased prominence of the lobby along 50th Street with new floor-to-ceiling glass, increasing natural light and enhancing visibility
  • Complete restoration of iconic features in the lobby, including artworks by noted artists Josef Albers and Fritz Glarner
  • Enhanced retail frontage along Sixth Avenue and 51st Street

Reimagining a classic lobby

Building improvements include an extensive restoration and reconfiguration of the unique and historic lobby.

Rendering of main entrance signature canopy at 50th Street

Rendering of south lobby

Rendering of visitor reception desks in south lobby

Photo of Josef Albers art installation in west lobby

Photo of Fritz Glarner art installation in east lobby