The 550 Madison Garden re-envisions the building’s public space as a generously expanded, densely vegetated garden. As a vibrant sensory retreat, its transformation draws upon the architectural heritage, the activity of the neighborhood, and the natural history of the region, offering the only publicly-accessible vegetated open space in the East Midtown District. As a privately-owned public space (POPS) that invites people to slow down, linger, and connect to one another and their surroundings, 550 Madison’s new garden embraces the powerful contemporary role POPS can play within the context of New York’s ever-changing urban fabric. The Garden is developed as part of a holistic overhaul of the 550 Madison tower undertaken by our design and client team. This transformation repositions the tower for multi-tenant use through respectful adaptive reuse. The Garden is organized as a collection of six outdoor rooms, each with a distinctive social ambiance. Designed around expansive, layered views of the buildings and spaces, the Garden’s rooms provide places where the people of Midtown can stop, rest, and reconnect with one another and their surroundings.     

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