Snohetta completes "surgical" renovation of Phillip Johnson's AT&T building - architecture and design

Snohetta completes "surgical" renovation of Phillip Johnson's AT&T building



Architecture studio Snhetta has carried out a series of renovations to the postmodern550 Madisonskyscraper, which wasformerly known as the AT&T building.
Snhettaopened up some of the facades, added a public garden and improved ventilation and elevation systemsas part of the conversion of the 647-foot-high (197-metre) skyscraper from a single-occupant tower into an office for multiple occupants.
Top: The crest of 550 Madison. Photo by Alex Fradkin. Above: Snhetta worked with interior designers from Gensler to renovate Philip Jonhson's 550 Madison lobby. Photo by Fred Charles
Snhetta founding partner Craig Dykers told Dezeen that the approach to building was "surgical", with the majority of the interventions occurring on the inside, which allowed the studio to open up aspects of the exterior. "Oftentimes were asked to look at buildings or places that have stopped having value to people," he said.
"No one had occupied it for so long that it needed a health assessment in a way. It needed fresh air. It needed daylight and needed spaciousness given to its tenants and needed access to nature, all of these things to bring it back to the glory that it had at one time."
New windows and an extensive outdoor garden were added. Photo by Barrett Doherty
Now called 550 Madison, the granite-clad skyscraper designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee was nicknamed the "Chippendale" building when it opened in 1984 because of the pediment th...
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