Rafael Viñoly

Timeless, visionary design defines a new icon on the Manhattan skyline.
Rafael Viñoly

An Architect’s Vision

RAFAEL VIÑOLY

Rafael Viñoly’s design for 277 Fifth Avenue embodies the combination of elegant proportions and refined engineering for which he is celebrated internationally. Viñoly designed the tower with columns at the building’s perimeter to keep the interiors free from structural elements that might obstruct views and interrupt the layout of rooms. The perimeter columns establish a rhythm of alternating floor-to-ceiling vertical windows that frame views along multiple exposures and solid walls suitable for displaying art.

One of the tower’s distinguishing architectural elements is a quartet of double-height, open-air loggias seemingly carved out of the building’s corners, spiraling downward around the building from the upper floors. Dramatically scaled and discernible on the skyline, the loggias are, as Viñoly describes them, “an interesting typology of open space and terracing that has not been seriously explored before.”

VIÑOLY’S SKETCH OF 277 FIFTH AVENUE

The most important characteristic of any great building is that it’s well proportioned.

RAFAEL VIÑOLY

architect

carrasco international airport

cleveland museum of art

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER

LAGUNA GARZÓN BRIDGE

private concert hall, new york

manhattan townhouse

tokyo international forum

VDARA HOTEL & SPA AT CITY CENTER, LAS VEGAS

lobby entrance

A GRACEFUL CONNECTION TO NOMAD

The columns touch down lightly outside the double-height lobby, revealing their subtle, handcrafted texture at street level.

“We wanted to make a building that is timeless and that contributes to the ongoing transformation of Fifth Avenue—a unique and amazing promenade in the heart of New York City.”

RAFAEL VIÑOLY
ARCHITECT
north facade as seen from street level

elevating nomad

Assertively modern yet restrained, 277 Fifth Avenue adds a confident, contemporary presence to the historic streetscapes of NoMad—a new icon for one of the world’s most famous avenues.

“This building belongs to Fifth Avenue.”

RAFAEL VIÑOLY
ARCHITECT
Penthouse loggia detail
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