Henri Bendels

Total Area:
70,000 sf

West 57th Street, New York, NY
(Since demolished)

The Designer Magazine
The New York Times


To visually extend Henri Bendels’ “interior street of shops” onto 57th Street, Janko Rasic Architects and Herbert Kashian designed a new transparent storefront. Two buildings are unified by a new cornice, the other cohesive force, a glass plane. Two porticos interrupt the plane- marking the intersection of the interior and exterior streets for pedestrians. A new lobby for 4 floors of converted gallery and office space above is created behind the glass plane by transforming a former service entrance into the main entrance.