New York: Footprint and exterior design of first Nordstrom store

The approximately 363,000 square-foot store is expected to open in 2019.


The store will encompass four properties in the Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan along Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Streets. 

The four properties include both existing, historic buildings as well as new construction at the base of Central Park Tower, an Extell Development Company project. Plans include modern glass façades on the new construction at the base of Central Park Tower, envisioned by world-renowned designer James Carpenter, recognized for his distinctive use of natural light and luminescent artistic sensibility. Additionally, Nordstrom will restore or rebuild the street level façades of the other buildings to evoke their original historic design.

"We're building in the context of the world's greatest stores in the best retail city in the world and our ambition is to create an entire experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer," said Pete Nordstrom, co-president, Nordstrom, Inc. "We think the modern exterior glass design combined with the historical renovations honor both the past and future of Manhattan. We look forward to the day when we can open our doors and welcome customers."

The Nordstrom footprint includes:

Central Park Tower 

Stunning glass façades created by James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) of New York fill each floor with light, while at the same time projecting the beauty and energy of the interior to the street. Customers will be able to shop retail space located on seven levels, two below street-level and five above. A seven-level atrium at the heart of the building, also designed by JCDA, highlights the escalators connecting each floor. Entrances are located on both West 57th Street and West 58th Street. The Tower portion also incorporates the landmark façade of the former 1780 Broadway building which will be completely restored and three new two-level atriums of retail space will be created in the interior. It also includes an entrance off of Broadway. The Central Park Tower portion is approximately 292,000 square feet and the developer is Extell Development Company.

5 Columbus Circle (formerly the 1790 Broadway building)

This portion is approximately 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space with an entrance located on Broadway that connects to the main store. 5 Columbus Circle is a landmark building and Nordstrom will rebuild the street-level façade to evoke the historic design of the original building. This section is owned by 1790 Broadway Associates.

1776 Broadway

This building sits on the corner of West 57th Street and Broadway. Nordstrom will occupy four floors of retail space totaling approximately 20,000 square feet with one entrance on West 57th Street. This portion is owned by ULM Holding Corporation.

3 Columbus Circle 

Located just across Broadway, 3 Columbus Circle is approximately 43,000 square feet of retail space on three levels with two entrances – one on West 57th Street and the other on Broadway. 3 Columbus Circle will be the location of the Nordstrom Men's store. SL Green and The Moinian Group are the owners of this property. The interiors of Central Park Tower, 5 Columbus Circle and 1776 Broadway will be connected to create a unified shopping experience.

Design of the Seven-Level Glass Waveforms Façades:

The unique seven-level glass waveforms façades were created to catch light as it strikes through the east-west axis of West 57th and West 58th Streets, and continually changes as the sun angles shift from morning to evening, and throughout the seasons. The waveforms also provide an interactive viewing experience for customers inside the store and for those outside at street level, creating views up and down the streets while selectively displaying the activity within the store.

Historical Façades:

Restoration and rebuilding design work for the façades of 3 Columbus Circle, 5 Columbus Circle, 1780 Broadway and 1776 Broadway is being done by CallisonRTKL.

Source: Nordstorm