Reimagining a Midtown Office Building as Housing

As the COVID-19 pandemic and other trends dramatically alter how we work and live, we propose a radical transformation of underperforming, midcentury office buildings into dynamic residential and commercial spaces.

Reimagining a Midtown Office Building as Housing
Our radical transformation creates a dynamic combination of both residential and office spaces.

Invited by Curbed to reimagine the future of New York’s antiquated midcentury office building, we propose cutting away the mass of the building to create plant-filled, exterior courts that provide apartments with light, fresh air, and space for vertical circulation and community activities.

Reimagining a Midtown Office Building as Housing
Sections of the perimeter are removed to open the deep floorplates of the base of the building while new floors are added above, in narrower stepped massing with planted terraces.

Reusing the existing foundation and structure and using low-carbon mass timber for new floors reduces the building’s embodied energy contribution. Replacing the existing exterior with a super performing ‘passive-house’ façade, dramatically improves both energy performance and indoor comfort.

  • Sustainable design features
  • Residential and commercial amenities

An inclusive range of housing units and a mix of commercial office space and retail creates a vibrant community where residents live, work, and socialize near their homes, ensuring healthier indoor and outdoor environments and mitigating climate change.

Watch – Stephen Cassell with BE-Ex presents Reimagining Midcentury Office Buildings to House the Future
Architecture Resarch Office Housing Curbed New York Magazine
Reimagined Midtown Offices for Housing in Curbed
Rendering of ARO's reimagined Midtown Office Building for Curbed
ARO’s Reimagined Midtown Office Building in Oculus Magazine
A Post-Pandemic Vision for City Office Buildings, 2021