Design Vision

When Philip Johnson designed 550 Madison, he drew upon the fundamental principles of classical architecture to create a building that felt monumental, modern, and completely different from what had come before. Now, the visionary international design firm Snøhetta is building on Johnson’s foundation, reinterpreting 550 Madison for the way we live today: bringing in daylight and air, designing a ground floor podium that will become a new destination, and creating a spectacular green scape and amenity offering.


Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

Craig Dykers is a Founding Partner of Snøhetta, a trans-disciplinary architecture, landscape architecture, interiors and graphic design practice.


Reorganizing Reimagining Refreshing

Design Enhancements

From the proposed enlarged public garden, to the new amenity areas and flexible work floors, 550 Madison is being entirely reimagined.

×InfrastructureNew state-of-the-art elevators and HVAC system
×AmenitiesComplete amenity program totaling over 30,000 square feet
×GardenDoubling the existing green space
×LobbyRedesigned with marble panels, terrazzo floors and visual connection to the garden

Clean Air

The health of a building translates directly to the wellness of its occupants. With an expected LEED Gold certification, 550 Madison’s commitment to a sustainable space is immediately evident in access to daylight as well as clean air. A top-of-the-line air filtration system offers supreme air quality.


The Value of Urbanism by Ricky Burdett

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science.


The Garden

At 550 Madison, the proposed beautiful and refined green garden will offer an opportunity for refreshment. By enlarging the space to almost twice its former size, the garden will become a welcoming gathering place, where artisan food kiosks punctuate a verdant landscape of full size trees and a water feature. Open to the public, the leafy hub will be visible from the street through the lobby.



The only building in New York targeting both LEED Platinum and WELL Gold.

30% Increased Ventilation

93K Gallons of Water Saved Annually

20% Reduced Energy Costs

35% Renewable Energy Credits

50% Wood-based Materials Certified by FSC

75% Reduced Construction Waste

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Soaring above Midtown Manhattan, 550 Madison’s monumental “Chippendale” roof pediment is a defining moment on New York’s skyline. Now a tenant has a chance to inhabit this special three to four story space, with panoramic views down Madison Avenue, over Central Park, and across the East and West Sides. Featuring slab-to-slab ceiling heights that range from 16 feet to 20 feet, each level of the 100,000 square foot penthouse is open and column-free.