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Sony Tower


Sony Tower
AT&T Building
Sony Building


Structure in General

existing [completed]


commercial office


  • Structurally, the building employs tube frame in its framework, with the tubular columns tied with trusses at the top and bottom.
  • The building is the U.S. headquarters of Sony Corporation.
  • The entrance is a grand, glazed arch surmounted by porthole-shaped openings.
  • The tripartite division of the facade is emphasized by a large entrance and pedestrian arcade at the base, a tall shaft with regular windows, and a wide band of windows just below the building's crown.
  • The plaza never succeeded as a public space and was converted to an enclosed retail space when Sony purchased the building.
  • There is a Sony Shop of New Technology in the building's base.
  • One of the most noticeable skyscrapers in New York, with its unusual pediment topping a slablike shaft. The shape is often likened to a Chippendale highboy, designed by the master 18th century English cabinet-maker, Thomas Chippendale.
  • The building is clad in grayish-pink granite from the same quarry that supplied the facade facing for Grand Central Terminal.
  • A similar building named Edificio Simon Bolivar was built in 1992 in Santiago, Chile.
  • A statue from the roof of the previous AT&T headquarters at 195 Broadway, the seven-meter Spirit of Communication (or "Golden Boy") by Evelyn B. Longman, was removed from the entrance lobby after the transaction and moved to AT&T's New Jersey premises.
  • When the building was sold to Sony in 1992, AT&T moved its head offices to the AT&T Building at 32 6th Avenue.

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550-570 Madison Avenue
14-28 East 56th Street, 13-29 East 55th Street
550 Madison Avenue
New York City
New York

Technical Data

647.37 ft
647.37 ft
647.37 ft
200.00 ft
98.00 ft

Involved Companies

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
client, consultant, electrical contractor, facade installation, lighting consultant, owner, structural engineering, wind surveyor

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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