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Foster completes New York bathroom showroom

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Foster + Partners has completed this new showroom for Porcelanosa in New York

The UK’s largest architectural practice has refurbished the early 20th Century Commodore Criterion building within the Madison Square North History District.

It has restored the building’s terracotta tiled façade including new Porcelanosa lettering on the parapet.

Openings that had been blocked or significantly altered have been reinstated and larger windows have been introduced at ground floor level.

The building was originally designed as a series of six identical rectangular floors with a central staircase. However, this layout was not well-suited to the showroom’s use and the staircase has now been moved to the side of the plan opening up the floor space.

Mezzanine levels, a lightwell and triple and double-height spaces have also been introduced to create vertical connections throughout the scheme.

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