Paramount Group Unveils Modernization Project at 60 Wall Street in the Financial District, Manhattan

Conceptual rendering of updated exterior facade at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount GroupConceptual rendering of updated exterior facade at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount Group

Paramount Group has tapped Kohn Pedersen Fox for an extensive modernization of the lobby and public atrium at 60 Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. The project is envisioned as a requisite improvement to attract top-tier commercial tenants looking to base and build their future offices within the building.

The 47-story office tower was completed in 1989 and comprises 1.6 million square feet. Designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, the structure’s two-story atrium features marble grids, mirrored ceilings, palm trees, and other postmodern embellishments not representative of modern interior aesthetics.

Architectural renderings reveal new triple-height windows, the addition of a skylight to facilitate the flow of natural light into the atrium, and installation of what will be the largest indoor green wall in North America. Elegant white and tan marbling with be installed throughout the lobby and atrium with designer light fixtures and recessed LED lighting at the foot and pinnacle of supporting columns. The scope of work also includes the addition of a new restaurant and café.

Conceptual rendering of new atrium and dining areas at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of new atrium and dining areas at 60 Wall Street – Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of new atrium and dining areas at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of new atrium and dining areas at 60 Wall Street – Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of new commercial lobby at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of new commercial lobby at 60 Wall Street – Courtesy of Paramount Group

Existing access to the 2 and 3 subway lines at Wall Street Station will be flanked by the lush living wall with the new dining spaces above.

“By opening up the atrium, infusing it with greenery, bringing in natural light, and visually uniting the two streets, we aim to bring the people of this neighborhood together where hopefully they will share ideas and chart the path to the future,” said Kohn Pedersen Fox Design principal Hugh Trumbull, AIA.

As it stands, the building is already in compliance with LEED Gold sustainable standards for a high-rise building, and features the largest solar photovoltaic array in Manhattan on its roof. Additional improvements to the office floors include enhanced ventilation systems that utilize high-efficiency MERV-15 filtration and an increased flow of outside air into the building.

“Situated in a neighborhood rich with restaurants and transit options, the building further appeals to tenants’ employee pool,” said Albert Behler, Paramount chairman, CEO, and president. “The repositioning will transform 60 Wall Street, providing tenants with the benefits of a new building and the opportunity to create an office that best suits their unique needs.”

Conceptual rendering of updated exterior facade at 60 Wall Street - Courtesy of Paramount Group

Conceptual rendering of updated exterior facade at 60 Wall Street – Courtesy of Paramount Group

To retain new building tenants, Paramount has tapped CBRE as its exclusive leasing partner.

Construction is expected to begin summer 2022.

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6 Comments on "Paramount Group Unveils Modernization Project at 60 Wall Street in the Financial District, Manhattan"

  1. The planning moves are spot-on, but the rest of this design is a travesty. No connection whatsoever between the podium and tower. Love it or hate it (and it did need improvements), at least the pomo space had a point of view!

  2. David in Bushwick | May 21, 2021 at 9:35 am | Reply

    We need to stop changing buildings to follow the latest fashion trend. The original building should stay as it is because it tells the story of American design in the 1980s. Should the Chrysler Building have the entry and lobby modernized?
    This proposed destruction is replaced by something that has nothing to do with the building above. This is amateurish and a sad mistake.

    • I agree with you 100 percent. I guess the new trend is to hollow out the base of a skyscraper and place huge glass windows in the multi clear story lobby and of course trees held captive by their planter pots. You hit the nail on the head “This is amateurish and a sad mistake.”

    • I agree.

  3. Damned Architect | May 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm | Reply

    Ugly as sin and needlessly replaces a good design 🙁

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