The expansion of the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store coincided with the design and construction of the adjacent Swiss Bank Tower, where the first nine stories provide additional retail and support space for the store. The building respects the surrounding context; it continues the store's classic motifs on the street facades while acknowledging Rockefeller Center with its own modern front. The chamfered corners recall those of the Saks Fifth Avenue store, and the design, utilizing smooth Indiana limestone cladding, is compatible with the historic landmark and traditional materials of New York's famed Fifth Avenue.
The expansion of Saks also included two sub-basements, at and below grade level, and a 60-foot long truck elevator, which allows six trailer trucks to park simultaneously below grade. Blasting was done under the escalators and required sophisticated monitoring devices in the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral across the street.
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