My first corporate job was as a rookie sales leasing agent for Olympic Tower, the most haute office building in Manhattan when it was on the brink of bankruptcy. I spent my days canvassing the world’s expensive offices, on foot, to invite them to move to an even more expensive office space. It was also the first commercial building on Fifth Avenue that had mixed zoning. The top 25 floors were condominiums, and the bottom were commercial offices and luxury brand retail. Suffice it to say that I saw some of the most outstanding office design in the world at that time.
Some notable residents, like Dr. Aldo Gucci and Jackie O, were gracing the lobby on occasion. Elegant, refined and timeless design are the tenets of fine living, especially if you live on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. But great office designs were not as widespread at that time.
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