Higher Education

36 East 31st Street Lobby

The 12-story building at 36 West 31st Street in Manhattan, NY required immediate renovation of its main entrance lobby to reflect the structure's change from industrial lofts to commercial office space. The primary goal of the project was to enlarge and update the lobby with showrooms on the first floor. The lobby was expanded by incorporating existing ground floor space adjacent to the lobby in addition to demolishing an existing mezzanine level to increase ceiling height. 

On the exterior, a new two-story glass and stainless steel storefront window system replaced the original one-story entrance, bringing more light into the interior, and reflecting the building's new modern function.  While on the interior the use of new stone panels on the floors, walls, and ceiling draws the eye from floor to ceiling in one continuous sweep. The incorporation of alternating vertical LED-lit translucent panels creates a striking light feature throughout the space.

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