ABS Partners Real Estate has completed a $50 million renovation of LX57, a 20-story office tower at 695 Lexington Avenue in Sutton Place, Manhattan. Led by Gensler‘s design studio, the project entailed a full restoration on the building’s façade, modernization of the commercial lobby, new signage at the ground floor, window upgrades, LED lighting, and contemporary pre-built office suites. The property is located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 57th Street.
Complemented by modern aesthetics, the building is designed to appeal to the modern commercial tenant in both function and form. This includes a new entry marquee, a white marbled lobby, and elevator cabs with touchless systems that allow a user to hail a ride directly from a smartphone. The three pre-built units offer designer finishes, large communal pantry and kitchen areas, acoustic ceiling tiles to minimize the transfer of noise between floors, conference rooms, and oversized windows. The 16th floor suite also includes an outdoor terrace.
All pre-built suites are available for immediate occupancy. ABS is building out the remaining suites per tenant requests and specifications.
“Whether a firm is looking for its central headquarters for day-to-day in-person work or a desirable space that maintains a New York presence, the pre-built office spaces at LX57 boast luxurious in-suite amenities in an unrivaled location,” said Charles Conwell III of ABS. “It’s a total package of form, function, and workplace foresight as companies increasingly seek stand-out spaces for employees and guests.”
Asking rent at LX57 is $85 per square foot, a value option compared to other office properties in the Plaza District, one of the most expensive areas of midtown for commercial real estate.
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Looks like the architecture of the original building was sucked away and now there is a bland boxy personality-less vestige of what was there.
Dark and gloomy rules the day.
I’m 73 y/o, born in Bkyn, grew up in Bayside, am a Queens College grad, was a yellow cabbie during law school, was admitted to the NY Bar in 1975 and practiced in the City until I moved to FL in ’04. To NYers like myself, Lex is Lex. But to out of towners, “no nothing transplants” and those who don’t shlep on buses and subways to get to the City, as all of the new immigrants do, Sutton Pl is Sutton Pl and its immediate environs. And to those who know the history of the City, Sutton Pl didn’t become Sutton Pl until the beginning of the late 19th Century with the emergence of the robber barons when the name was changed from Avenue “A,” — that’s right, like the E. Village — to the classy name that it is today. Indeed, York Ave was also Avenue “A” (it still is extant on carvings in some pre-war buildings along the avenue) until it was renamed for Sgt. York after WWI. When my wife and I got married in 1977, we lived just west of First Ave on 55th St. By no stretch of the imagination did we think we lived near Sutton Place; only those who lived BETWEEN First and Sutton could make the claim.
Well….I really like this. It’s hard to fully tell from the rendering what the final materials on the facade will be, but the slate appearance of the facade looks sleek and modern. Creating a contemporary office structure should involve much more natural light which this build provides but at the same time it avoids the “wasy out” of just building another glass box. I like the architecture but whether you like it or not, I give full credit for building something contextual. I am all in for new forms as long as they can relate to their built environment. This requires a client and an architect who have a little more creativity than just thinking about numbers. Good job.
Haven’t seen it in person but streetview looks “okay”
It’s a just fine existing building. It’s just been stripped of its character with glued on new anonymous facade materials lacking detailing
Sutton Place – maybe up to 3rd Ave but definitely not Lex.