OMA New York, led by Shohei Shigematsu, has unveiled its design for a glass addition to high the historic Tiffany & Co retailer on Fifth Avenue in New York Metropolis.
The venture includes the preservation of the jewelry model’s 80-year outdated flagship location, a renovation of its floor flooring and the development of an oblong glass quantity that may span three storeys, including house for internet hosting exhibitions and occasions.
Inbuilt 1940 by Cross & Cross, the prevailing limestone facade of the Tiffany & Co constructing is marked by its grid of home windows and scalloped edges. In 1980 an higher quantity was added to the constructing to accommodate places of work, which can be demolished and changed by the brand new glass construction as a part of this newest renovation by OMA.
“Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue Flagship is greater than a retail house, it’s a vacation spot with a public dimension,” stated OMA Companion Shohei Shigematsu. “The brand new addition is knowledgeable by programmatic wants of the evolving model – a gathering place that acts as a recent counterpart to the enduring floor degree house and its actions.”
“The floating quantity over an current terrace supplies a transparent visible cue to a vertical journey of numerous experiences all through the constructing,” he added.
OMA’s design plans to kind the brand new quantity utilizing two stacked glass constructions. The decrease one will comprise a recessed field coated with glass home windows, whereas the higher portion can be wrapped with slumped glass partitions modelled after the constructing’s ornamental parapet.
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The ridged glass requires minimal vertical assist and has a reflective floor designed for viewing the town from the interiors whereas providing privateness wanting in from the outside.
An out of doors patio for internet hosting occasions surrounds the decrease, two-storey quantity. The present house is furnished with tables and crops that overlook Fifth Avenue and on to Central Park. Its double top partitions are wrapped with easy glass panes and vertical silver frames to tie the 2 volumes collectively.
“The 2 areas of the higher quantity that make up the brand new addition is a second of clear however complementary distinction to the unique flagship,” the studio added. “It’s a symbolic ending to the constructing that displays an developed luxurious expertise that’s extra a journey than a vacation spot.”
The venture is at present underneath development and is anticipated to finish in Spring 2022.
Shigematsu leads OMA New York with fellow associate Jason Lengthy. The outpost is meant to operate independently from the studio’s worldwide places of work, together with Rotterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Australia, as a part of an initiative of founder Rem Koolhaas.
Final 12 months the studio put in a multicoloured escalator contained in the renovated Saks Fifth Avenue division retailer.
Different current tasks by the New York workplace embrace a plan for the 11th Road Bridge Park in Washington DC and a sequence of galleries inside Gio Ponti’s Denver Artwork Museum.