By modifying it and allowing a substantial portion of it to exist at sidewalk level, the architects create a new “front door” to the Center from the Lexington Avenue and East 53rd Street corner. The design solution also enlarges the lobby space by deploying a circular form borrowed from the original geometry of the building. This allows the new plaza to be integrated with the existing lobby space and provides additional room for an open stair and a light well to the lower level, as well as clarified vertical circulation between lobbies.
A signage program was developed to articulate and emphasize the entrances and retail areas. Since the Citicorp Center is a modernist landmark of midtown Manhattan, great care was taken to assure that the revitalization program complimented the building’s image and architecture.
By opening up the Center and making it more accessible to the street, this renovation reclaims an architectural and urban design landmark and maximizes the diversity of functions that converge in St. Peter’s Church, the Outdoor Plaza, the Office Tower, the Atrium market and the Subway Connection.