As the buzz from the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City is still fresh in our minds, it is only fitting that IGS takes a look at Mega-projects that are currently underway in the Big Apple. To coincide with one of the biggest architectural events in the world, here’s an overview of some of the largest and most high-profile construction projects currently taking shape across the metropolis.
1 Manhattan West – SOM Architects
Brookfield Property Partners’ Manhattan West is a new 5-million-square-foot development symbolizing the renewal of the previously undeveloped Far West Side of Manhattan. Designed by SOM, the project consists of two 2-million-square-foot office towers, a residential tower with 844 units, 225,000 square feet of retail and dining amenities, and two acres of public open space.
Bound by Ninth and Tenth Avenues, as well as West 31st and West 33rd Streets, Manhattan West is the vital link between the Midtown business district, the Penn Station complex, the gateway to the Hudson Yards district, and the north end of Chelsea. The master plan for these two full city blocks is organized around a series of distinct public open spaces. These will provide unique areas for repose and contribute to a dynamic pedestrian streetscape, connecting Moynihan Station to the far West Side of Manhattan by means of a walkable West 32nd Street extension. The development was made possible by the construction of a 2.6-acre platform that covers active rail tracks connecting Penn Station to New Jersey and Upstate New York.
Two elegantly inflected office towers form the gateway to Manhattan West’s central open space. These towers will stand as new landmarks on the West Side of Manhattan. Additionally, a residential tower on the southwest portion of the site will serve as a 24-hour anchor for the neighborhood.
SOM designed the master plan and is the architect for all three towers, collaborating with SLCE Architects on the residential component of the project. James Corner of Field Operations is the landscape architect. The office towers are targeting LEED® Gold certification.
2 One Vanderbilt – KPF
Set to become the tallest office tower in Midtown, One Vanderbilt will skillfully meet the market demands of Midtown East as it transforms the civic experience of the Grand Central District. Following the layered architectural language of neighboring New York City icons, One Vanderbilt joins the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building as one of three point towers to define the city’s renowned skyline.
One Vanderbilt fits into the city’s network of public transport more than any other building in the city, blending private enterprise and the public realm. The base of the building becomes part of the spatial sequence of Grand Central and a doorstep to the city, greeting thousands of commuters daily. An integrated complex of below grade conditions offers connections to the terminal, the new East Side Access and an active urban base.
Formally, the building’s massing is comprised of four interlocking and tapering volumes that spiral toward the sky, an elegant shape in sympathetic proportion to the nearby Chrysler Building. At the base, a series of angled cuts organize a visual procession to Grand Central, revealing the Vanderbilt corner of the terminal’s magnificent cornice – a view that has been obstructed for nearly a century. ‘One Vanderbilt’ has a slated completion date of 2020.
Read Part One of the KPF One Vanderbilt Story here.
3 Domino Sugar Factory – SHoP Architects
With Two Trees as the client, SHoP and Field Operation’s master plan for the Domino Sugar site replaces a city-approved 2010 plan with a new proposal that adds 60% more publicly-accessible open space on a new street grid; provides for a 24/7 mix of creative office space, market-rate and affordable housing, neighborhood retail, and community facilities; and is an innovative form of open architecture that connects the existing neighborhood to the new quarter-mile waterfront.
The plan also envisions a new skyline for Brooklyn—one that relates to the height of the Williamsburg bridge and scales down to meet the neighborhood. Central to the scheme is the renovated Domino Sugar refinery, which will become the nerve center of the project across from a new public space. The proposed buildings will be porous, featuring large openings that allow light and air to penetrate through the site and into the neighborhood beyond. While exuberant on the skyline as great global architecture, the buildings responsibly meet the streets of Williamsburg.
4 Hudson Yards – Collaboration
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops including New York’s first Neiman Marcus, and a collection of restaurants curated by Chef Thomas Keller. The urban development will include approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox Hotel® with more than 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. The development of Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs.
Hudson Yards is the fulfillment of a remarkable collaboration that includes a talented group of visionaries – planners, architects, engineers, designers, public servants, fashion icons, renowned chefs, business leaders, luminaries and more. They are working in partnership with New York’s development and transportation authorities, and with some of the world’s most iconic retail brands and leading companies – each of whom will call Hudson Yards home.
5 LaGuardia Airport – HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff
LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B will provide a state-of-the-art passenger terminal and modern New York travel experience. The 35-gate terminal will replace the existing 1964 Central Terminal Building and optimize use of the airport’s limited airside and landside real estate.
Designed to transform LaGuardia Airport into a single, unified hub, the new facility will feature expanded transportation access and best-in-class passenger amenities. A phased construction approach allows it to be built on the constrained site with minimal impact to existing operations.
To optimize airfield performance and efficiencies, the team devised an island-concourse gate configuration. A pair of pedestrian bridges connects the headhouse to the island concourses. These iconic bridges traverse over active taxilanes and offer sweeping views of the airfield and Manhattan skyline.
The interior will feature intuitive wayfinding, ensuring the efficient movement of passengers through the terminal. Other enhancements will include an abundance of natural light at all levels, short curb-to-gate walking distances and regional cuisine and concession offerings.
By moving the terminal closer to Grand Central Parkway, the project will expand the airport taxiways by more than two miles and help reduce airport ground delays. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification for sustainable design and will open in phases through 2022.