Zaha Hadid Architects has drawn up plans to convert a New York office block into a 420m-tall ‘vertical shopping mall’
According to a report in the New York Post, developers Steve Roth and Jared Kushner are considering plans to convert 666 Fifth Avenue – a 41-storey building constructed in 1957.
It is understood that Zaha Hadid has already produced a proposed scheme to create shopping space, a hotel and homes in the building. If the reports are accurate, the ‘restacked’ skyscaper would be more than 100m-taller than the Shard in London and only slightly shorter than the tip of the Empire State Building.
In December 2006, property firm Tishman Speyer, along with the German investment firm TMW, sold the existing 140,000m² building originally designed by New York practice Carson & Lundin to Kushner Properties for $1.8 billion, the highest price ever paid for an individual building in Manhattan.
Roth’s company, Vornado Realty, bought the building’s retail element in 2012 for $710 million.
In 2013, Zaha Hadid teamed up with Ismael Leyva Architects on her first New York project – an 11 storey residential block at 520 West 28th Street in the Chelsea area of the city.
Because she was not licensed as an architect in New York state, she was credited as designer on the project.