New Yorkers were surprised when the famous Tiffany & Co. flagship on Fifth Ave moved out of the blue (no pun intended) earlier this year.
It came rather suddenly — overnight, in fact — because they had to move such a massive amount of extremely expensive jewels and jewelry safely. The move was temporary though, as the original 1940s building is being completely renovated for the first time, and they’ve just revealed plans for its gorgeous new look!
The main feature is a beautiful new rooftop space for events, exhibitions, and seeing clients. The original eighth, ninth and tenth floors were 1980s-era office spaces, and now will instead be “surrounded by a curtain of undulating glass complementing the classic limestone façade below.” A press release also states that “the contemporary structure above this historic building echoes the height and grandeur of the flagship’s timeless main floor.”
This is the biggest renovation/addition to the 80-year-old building to date, and the new glass structure is being designed to seamlessly blend with the historic building below, while also offering “a bold and innovative addition to the building.” Oh, and the best part?
The bright space will open up to an outdoor terrace that will offer guests “a view from the world’s most famous intersection for luxury retail, and up Fifth Avenue to Central Park.” We can already imagine taking in those amazing views (while day dreaming of diamonds, of course)!
“Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship is more than a retail space; it is a destination with a public dimension,” said OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) designer Shohei Shigematsu. “The new addition is informed by programmatic needs of the evolving brand—a gathering place that acts as a contemporary counterpart to the iconic ground level space and its activities. The floating volume over a terrace provides a clear visual cue to a vertical journey of diverse experiences throughout the building.”
Construction began in spring of 2019 and is predicted to be finished in spring of 2022. Tiffany Next Door (which is complete with a Tiffany Blue Empire State Building!) is located at the adjacent 6 East 57th Street and will continue to serve as Tiffany & Co.’s home.
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