Snøhetta has been granted planning permission for an indoor garden at New York’s 550 Madison, which forms part of its overhaul of the postmodern tower.

Snøhetta’s proposal for the indoor public garden on the ground floor of the 37-storey office building was approved by the New York City Planning Commission this week.

The garden is part of an updated proposal that the firm revealed in 2018, after a major backlash against its initial design resulted in the postmodern tower gaining landmark status.

Snøhetta已獲得紐約550 Madison的室內花園的規劃許可,這是對其後現代塔進行大修的一部分。



The new scheme was approved by New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in February 2019.

Construction on the garden will begin this year and the building’s interior renovation is currently underway, and over 50 per cent complete. The firm is still awaiting permission to complete exterior renovation work.

Snøhetta’s garden will be accessed from the west side of 550 Madison, formerly known as the AT&T Building. The design reimagines 550 Madison’s existing public area which previously housed cafe tables and chairs, and linked to the adjacent building at 717 5th Avenue.

The firm will rip out the existing curved glass roof covering the space and also remove annex buildings built inside, to create 50 per cent more room for the project.

A new, steel-and-glass roof supported by slender white columns will provide cover over the space and be a reference to the former roof.


花園的建設將於今年開始,大樓的內部裝修正在進行中,現已完成50%以上。 該公司仍在等待完成外部裝修工作的許可。

Snøhetta的花園可從550 Madison的西側(以前稱為AT&T大樓)進入。 該設計重新設計了550 Madison現有的公共區域,該區域以前曾容納過咖啡桌和椅子,並與鄰近的第五大道717號大樓相連。



An abundance of vegetation will feature inside with many evergreens and shrubs native to the Northeastern US. “Over 40 trees will be planted where today there are none,” Snøhetta said.

Greenery will also cover over a new car park and truck dock, forming a buffer along the rear wall.

美國東北部許多常綠植物和灌木叢中將出現大量植被。 Snøhetta說:“今天將沒有的地方將種植超過40棵樹。”


“Conceptually, the landscape responds to the canyon-like verticality of Midtown Manhattan, with a verdant, layered topography that lifts up along the west side of the garden, both minimising the impact of existing tower service infrastructure while providing a sense of being immersed in the garden,” said Snøhetta.

The indoor garden will contain a feature water wall that will also help to buffer street commotion from the surroundings of Midtown Manhattan.

550 Madison’s garden is a privately-owned public space (POPS) that is modelled on “pocket parks” elsewhere in the city, like the Modern Musem of Art’s Sculpture Garden and the nearby Paley Park. Snøhetta claims the 550 Madison garden will be the “biggest outdoor space in Midtown” free for the public to use.

The garden will also be visible from inside the tower’s office lobby, which will be renovated by Gensler.

“Privately-owned public spaces are a critical part of New York City’s public realm,” said Snøhetta’s director of landscape architecture Michelle Delk. “Urban life thrives in and around spaces that allow us to connect with one another and to nature.”

“We need to make the most of the spaces we already have and recognise that they are part of a network that contributes to the livelihood of the city,” Delk added.



550麥迪遜花園是一個私人擁有的公共空間(POPS),其仿照城市其他地方的“口袋公園”,例如現代藝術博物館的雕塑花園和附近的佩利公園。 Snøhetta聲稱550 Madison花園將是“ Midtown最大的戶外空間”,供公眾免費使用。


Snøhetta的景觀建築總監Michelle Delk說:“私人擁有的公共空間是紐約市公共領域的重要組成部分。” “城市生活在空間內和周圍蓬勃發展,這使我們能夠彼此聯繫並與自然相連。”


Johnson completed Madison in 1984 with John Burgee, 550 Madison. Formerly home to companies AT&T and Sony, it is regarded as the first skyscraper in the controversial postmodern style, which emerged in the late 1970s as an ideological reaction against the utopian ideals of modernism.

Snøhetta’s original scheme, revealed in 2017, included plans to replace portions of the exterior with an undulated curtain wall of translucent glass, which prompted criticism and protests from the architecture industry. The team revised the proposal is more a stripped-back design and intends to restore many features to Johnson’s original intention and sprucing up the existing brickwork.

A series of circular forms will also be included in the garden to take cues from Johnson’s circular motifs at 550 Madison, like the large circular window defining its front entrance and the arches in the lobby.

Pavings will be laid in circular shapes to mark different areas in the public space, including The Living Room, The Waterfall Room, The Tree Room and The Picnic Room.

In addition to 550 Madison, Snøhetta is also working on a waterfront community centre in Denmark, Ford’s Research & Engineering Center, and a public library building in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Johnson於1984年與550 Madison的John Burgee共同完成了麥迪遜的比賽。它以前是AT&T和Sony公司的所在地,被認為是有爭議的後現代風格的第一座摩天大樓,它在1970年代後期出現,是對現代主義烏托邦理想的意識形態反應。


花園中還將包括一系列圓形形狀,以藉鑑約翰遜在550 Madison的圓形圖案的提示,例如定義其前入口的大圓形窗戶和大堂的拱門。


除了550 Madison,Snøhetta還在丹麥的海濱社區中心,福特的研究與工程中心以及北卡羅來納州夏洛特的公共圖書館大樓內工作。

Project credits:

Design architect and landscape architect: Snøhetta
Architect of record: AAI
Landscape architect of record: SiteWorks
Horticulturalist: Phyto
Development team: The Olayan Group, RXR Realty, Chelsfield


開發團隊:Olayan Group,RXR Realty,切爾斯菲爾德



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