Architecture

A modern classic.

Robert A.M. Stern is known for interpreting classical themes with a modern eye, and in 600 Thirteenth, he has done exactly that. Developed in 1997, the building stands out gracefully among its glass-box neighbors with an exterior made from limestone, granite, casota stone, architectural precast concrete, and glass.

 

The 260-foot-long elevation along Thirteenth Street is modulated by two towers that each support terra cotta-tiled temples, and feature protruding metal colonette bays. Two large architectural drums atop of the building add further vertical emphasis, giving the building a distinctive presence in the East End.

 

600 Thirteenth is part of a select list of buildings that bear the Stern signature, such as the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the future George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University, and the renovation of Times Square.

 

Re-envisioned from the ground up by HOK Architects, 600 Thirteenth offers an impressive list of features that elevate it from mere building to an efficient, functional modern work of art. The renovations in 2013 bring the entrance and interiors of the building up to date with the demands of today’s tenants. Most notable are the completely redesigned, soaring lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop terrace, and three-story glass entry wall.