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Archtober Building of the Day: 641 Avenue of the Americas

18 October 2012 from 12pm to 1pm

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The first LEED Platinum certified project in New York, 641 Avenue of the Americas is the light-filled studio of Cook+Fox Architects and a showcase for sustainable design. Located in the penthouse of a former department store in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, the space features an open floor plan, 14-foot ceilings, and original details from its past as a circa-1902 dining room. An upgraded HVAC system, operable windows and low-VOC materials join to provide natural ventilation and protect indoor air quality year-round. Advanced water-saving features, including waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and sensor-activated lavatory faucets, reduce water consumption by over 40%. The interior design palette was selected for everyday durability, with priority given to natural materials—these selections act as a “learning lab” for a range of local, eco-friendly materials.

A defining feature of the new office and is a 3,600 square foot roof, a restorative green plane visible from nearly every workplace, planted with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance sedum species. The roof also features four raised planting beds integrating a “Three Sisters” garden of beans, corn, and squash as well as an apiary with over 50,000 Italian bees.

A tour of the studio and its green roof will be led by Allison Bobman of Cook+Fox Architects.

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