Work is moving along on the re-cladding of 660 Fifth Avenue, a 39-story commercial building in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Brookfield Properties, the project involves the complete overhaul of the 64-year-old structure, which was originally designed by Carson & Lundin and formerly addressed as 666 Fifth Avenue, replacing its mid-century exterior with a modern glass enclosure. The 1.5-million-square-foot property is located between West 52nd and 53rd Streets.
Recent photos show scaffolding rising from the storefronts of Zara, Hollister, Tissot, and Uniqlo along Fifth Avenue, and the entire podium is enclosed in an assembly of black netting. Additional scaffolding has also begun to wrap around the pinnacle of the structure. The Citibank logo on the top corner of the southern elevation is now obscured behind the black netting and will eventually be replaced with the number 660.
The photographs below showed what 660 Fifth Avenue looked like before the construction crane was fully assembled. The crane cab arrived on site in mid-February on a flatbed parked along West 53rd Street. Additional photos from near St. Patrick’s Cathedral reveal what appears to be the first section of the new curtain wall panels being installed above the setback. Each of these floor-to-ceiling glass units will measure 11 feet tall by 19 feet wide.
By the end of February, the crane was fully assembled with its boom largely hovering over Fifth Avenue. The entire building will likely be fully enclosed in scaffolding over the coming weeks.
Renderings show how the new façade will look and provide a glimpse of the views from the top floors looking north toward Central Park. The tall aluminum spandrels and the grid of small windows on the current exterior will be replaced by a much larger and transparent fenestration for optimal daylight exposure and a sleeker finish.
660 Fifth Avenue was once the site of a supertall proposal from the late Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects. The 1,400-foot-tall design featured a sleek glass and geometric-paneled façade and would have yielded condominiums, a hotel, and a shopping mall housed in the podium, and would have been the tallest tower along Fifth Avenue by architectural height. Below is a rendering of her design.
Access to the 5th Avenue-53rd Street station, which is serviced by the E and M trains, lies directly below the site, while the B, D, and F trains can be found underneath the nearby Rockefeller Center to the south.
660 Fifth Avenue is predicted to be completed in 2022, as noted on the project’s main website.