NYU Langone 222 East 41st Street
When one of New York’s premier academic medical centers looked to build an outpatient facility in midtown Manhattan, their forward-thinking vision was to offer more services in one place where many live and work.
This core strategy led to the purchase of a 25-story commercial office building that was prime for repositioning and future space requirements. The needs of a bustling outpatient center sparked our planning and design objectives by emphasizing views to the outside and access to daylight throughout all public spaces and numerous corridors. In addition, the program requirements challenged our team to leverage the introduction of daylight into typically buried interior spaces, such as MRI rooms, laboratories, and operating rooms. We took this one step further by taking full advantage of ample exterior transparency by using views to the outside as the basis for simple and efficient way-finding.
The result is an airy and active outpatient center that supports multispecialty practices and welcomes the community via ease of access.
NYU’s brand identity was a distinct design driver when building visual connections and consistency tying back to NYU’s vast network of care centers. This language highlights engaging visual variety through articulation, rhythm without being fragmentation, a welcoming arrival/procession to those waiting, materials that are light and airy, and a balanced palette and scale.
The building required extensive infrastructure and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades and a new vertical transportation system to accommodate the needs of the active outpatient center.
Multi-phased design and construction has allowed NYU Langone to phase group practices and support functions in the facility. Since the phase 1 opening in 2018, the building has remained fully occupied and operational as subsequent phases commence.