New Look: Brookfield’s Manhattan West
A new video has surfaced for Brookfield’s Manhattan West, which illustrates apparent changes to several portions of the site. Last week, conflicting stories emerged regarding Skadden’s potential move to the complex, and while it would appear a deal is not in the works, other companies may soon fill the void, allowing construction to begin on the office towers.
The residential building, which will likely be the first to rise, has seen the most notable alterations. Permits for the tower indicate it will stand 64 stories and 702 feet tall, with 790 units, and the structure’s new look is a sleek revision compared to the stumpier version previously depicted. SOM is designing, and like its taller office siblings, 401 West 31st Street will have a simple and glassy envelope, confined within the southern edge of the overall project.
Visual changes aside, the prospect of connecting Manhattan West to the High Line is also mentioned, and extending the park would better integrate Brookfield’s project into the Far West Side. While this may complicate any potential ‘bowl’ element, which would have otherwise capped the High Line at the intersection of 30th Street and 10th Avenue, the benefits will still be enormous.
Pedestrians would be able to walk to Manhattan West without needing to wait for stoplights, and besides easier access to Hudson Yards, the extension would further activate 433 West 33rd Street, aka 5 Manhattan West, as the park would pass inside the structure’s former envelope. That part of the site has also been in the news recently, as tech companies — including Google — have apparently expressed interest in the space, which is undergoing a complete transformation.
The office towers themselves are mostly overlooked in the latest video, but their appearance remains consistent with previous depictions, and the buildings will be characterized by simple massing. Heights have not been revealed, but the structures should approach or slightly surpass the 1,000′ mark, further adding to the emerging skyline of the Far West Side.
Construction of the site’s platform has continued at a rapid pace, and when that’s completed later this year, work can proceed on the residential component; progress on the office towers will begin once anchor tenants are secured.
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