1025 Fifth Avenue is one of the most prestigious Fifth Avenue addresses, located between 83rd and 84th Streets, directly across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The lobby of 1025 Fifth Avenue was designed by Raymond Loewy Associates and is one of the largest in the city, extending back to a landscaped central courtyard. Our design challenge was to update the central courtyard with a focal point design that featured the interiors design language and fit within the existing landscape design. The courtyard garden has striking black and white waving hardscape patterns inspired by Roberto Burle Marx. This strong ‘Rio’ design is echoed throughout the garden with sweeps of woodland perennial plantings. The interior lobby is sleek and modern with black and white terrazzo paving and shining marble floors and round overhead dome lighting.
We added sculptural elements to the garden for additional interest. We designed three perfect spheres with an interior light that emits through the garden made from a hand polished white concrete. The design also features custom topiary eggs, the ovular shape of which carries the motif of curves above the ground. Our design challenges included creating a striking focal point that complimented an already strong existing design while tying together interior lobby elements. We wanted this viewing garden to have strong visual interest at night and daytime.
The garden has ample space allocated to seasonal plantings. The bright colors of these plantings draw the eye to the garden throughout the whole year.