17 March 2015

The recent vestibule addition on the Washington Street side of One M&T Plaza in downtown Buffalo has been recognized with one of three Honor Awards in the 2014 AIA Buffalo/WNY Design Awards program.

M&T Plaza, which has served as M&T’s headquarters since 1967, was designed by iconic architect Minoru Yamasaki. A rectangular vestibule serves as a redesigned entrance from Washington St. and features a large, cone-shaped skylight that reveals the building’s distinctive arched window. The glass and metal construction echoes and reinforces Yamasaki’s original design, reminding visitors they are entering a landmark of mid-century modern architecture.

In citing the work, the jury noted, “This is a perfect minimal respectful addition. The entrance pavilion was a meticulously detailed design that appropriately utilized a high-quality selection of materials. This thoughtful design is exactly what we would expect to see in this high quality urban setting.”

The project was designed by Lorenzo Apicella, partner-in-charge and design architect for Pentagram Design, with the assistance of designers Colleen Wittman, Matthew Clare and Dragan Sukljevic. The architect-of-record was Hoffman Architects, Inc.

“I’m delighted with the award. It was a privilege to add something new to this outstanding building, and I’m grateful to M&T for giving me the opportunity,” said Apicella.

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