YIMBY has a new batch of renderings that depict a full re-cladding of the 39-story 660 Fifth Avenue, a commercial building located between West 52nd Street and West 53rd Street. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Brookfield Properties, the $400 million project includes a 21st century facelift as well as the renovation of 1.5 million square feet of office space. Work is planned to commence once the ten remaining leases are completed and tenants vacate, some 12 to 18 months from now, as reported in a previous Wall Street Journal story.
The below renderings show the old aluminum façade and glass removed to make way for rectangular floor-to-ceiling windows measuring 11 by 19 feet, the largest single-pane units ever used in a New York City building, according to Brookfield. The renovation also includes revamped landscaped outdoor terraces across several of the lower floors on the bottom half of the tower. The number 660 will be hung on the upper corner of the southern elevation under the flat roof parapet. Overall, this new envelope system will allow a far greater amount of natural light to enter the interior spaces and give office workers better views.
Originally designed by Carson & Lundin and completed in 1957, the mid-century building was addressed as 666 Fifth Avenue. A few years ago the site previously saw a supertall proposal from Zaha Hadid Architects that called for the entire demolition of the structure for a 1,400-foot-tall replacement, though plans for the ambitious slender design never came to fruition. This proposal would have housed condominiums, a hotel, and a shopping mall.
The nearest subway stop is the 5th Avenue-53rd Street station, which is serviced by the E and M trains and located directly across Fifth Avenue on the northern side of the Rolex Building. The B, D, and F trains can be found underneath the nearby Rockefeller Center to the south of the property.
660 Fifth Avenue is predicted to be completed in 2022, as noted on the project’s main website.