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The AXA Equitable Center (originally The Equitable Tower or Equitable Center West) is a 752 foot (229.3 m) tall skyscraper located in New York City.
The AXA Center building has 54 floors and 142,660m², with a majority of offices, houses the 487 seat AXA Equitable auditorium, and the AXA Equitable Production Group studio.
It was built in 1986 in the postmodern style by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and currently serves as the Headquarters for AXA Financial which consists of a number of subsidiaries of french-based insurance and banking company AXA, such as AXA Equitable Life Insurance and Mutual of New York. Other cornerstone tenants include Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, BNP Paribas, Sidley Austin LLP, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Citigroup. It is located at 787 Seventh Avenue between 51st & 52nd Street, in New York, New York.
The AXA Center structure of the building is mainly composed of steel. The AXA Center facade is of brown granite in a gridiron pattern with a white background. The AXA Center tower rises through two setbacks on the north and south sides, indicated by recessed bays on the facade. The plain top has only vertical striping and the east and west sides end in arched windows where the Equitable boardroom is at the ends.
The AXA Center building is connected to the extensive Rockefeller Center underground concourse. Pedestrian traffic moves through this tower (via an arched galleria at 7th Avenue), across the open mall (between West 51st and 52nd Streets), and into the eastern Equitable Tower.
The Auditorium at the AXA EQUITABLE CENTER is a versatile and convenient venue which has an established reputation as a premiere meeting and event space often used for product launches, corporate meetings, live television premiers and broadcasts, award ceremonies etc. Seats 487 and has full theater capabilities. The Auditorium along with the AXA Equitable Production Group's full production studio service many corporate clients in NYC area. The Atrium at 787 7th avenue is also used for after business and weekend elegant event space.
The AXA Center skylighted entrance atrium features a large (22.3 x 10.8 meters) mural by Roy Lichtenstein called Mural with Blue Brushstroke, which he completed in 1986.