1221 Avenue of the Americas
The Art of the Modern Workplace
1221 Avenue of the Americas is prominently located in Rockefeller Center. Significant capital improvements have put this midtown skyscraper at the forefront of the resurgence of Sixth Avenue as one of Midtown’s most desirable corporate locations.
After a two-year revitalization project designed by architecture firm MdeAS including enhancements to the expansive lobby, plazas and entrances, the building officially unveiled its bold, progressive look in December 2015. In keeping with the style of other Rockefeller Center buildings celebrating great artists, 1221 Avenue of the Americas features art of Mark Bradford in a central hall connecting the north and south lobbies. The commissioned artwork, Elgin Gardens – two 22.5-foot-high mixed-media installations depicting the grid of Manhattan – accentuates the scale of the space. Two 20-foot-long marble tables invite tenants and guests to linger and enjoy the art in a gallery setting.
In addition, the 48th and 49 Street plazas have been transformed with additional landscaping, improved lighting and benches to promote public use and to establish an outdoor urban space within the business center of New York City.
In 2015 Mark Bradford unveiled Elgin Gardens, a special commission for 1221 Avenue of the Americas at Rockefeller Center.
New elevator cabs and systems include high-efficiency destination dispatch control.