Installation of the wavy glass curtain wall has begun on the steel-framed addition atop Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store at 727 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Jake Forster, the project involves a three-story addition over the original roof line of the 71-year-old Art Moderne building, which is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. CallisonRTKL is the architect of record and Peter Marino Architects is handling the interior renovations for the iconic jewelry store. Tiffany & Co. temporarily relocated its flagship to an adjacent storefront at 6 East 57th Street during construction.
A lot of progress has occurred since our last update in March, when construction had recently topped out. Most notably, the northern and western elevations have been covered in a dense assembly of scaffolding, the top of the steel assembly has been framed out with cinderblock walls, and the tall glass curtain wall has begun to enclose the northern side of the extension.
Below are two photographs taken in mid-July as the first set of glass was installed.
Installation of the tall glass panels began on the northern corner and is steadily progressing toward the eastern side. Photographs show the blue-tinted façade producing an eye-catching display of reflected light from its textured surface. From afar, the rectangular volume will soon give the visual impression of a jewel box placed above the sidewalks of the city.
The addition will also feature a wraparound outdoor terrace that will serve as an exhibition, event, and clienteling space. This level will have a more transparent and flat glass curtain wall, with a perimeter of shrubbery outlining the setback.
Completion on the new Tiffany & Co. interiors and vertical addition is expected by next spring.