Brookfield has posted a slew of new renderings to the Manhattan West website, and the images reveal additional details about the development’s ground-level components. The site’s architect is SOM.
The residential skyscraper will stand 60 stories, and will apparently have 800 units; that number is significant, and in terms of scope, the structure will approach the city’s largest apartment buildings on 42nd Street. The glimpse into the base reveals the lobby’s soaring ceilings, which are atypically enormous; the tower’s full design was unveiled in January.
A plaza will be located adjacent to the residential tower, and while mid-block open spaces are traditionally hallmarks of anti-urban design, the overall density of Manhattan West should ensure that the space is well-used; indeed, creating open pedestrian areas along the development’s ground-level will be key to activating the neighborhood, and ample retail will further enhance the site’s appeal.
Additional renderings depict the base of the office towers, as well as the rooftop of the site’s hotel component, which had previously gone unseen. While the actual hotel is still invisible, the glimpse of the outdoor space is promising, even though it looks to be a mid-rise building.
While the site’s new buildings will be the most important aspect of the development, the transformation of 450 West 33rd Street will also be significant, as the building occupies a crucial intersection between Manhattan West and Related’s Hudson Yards. Demolishing the structure — or turning it into the base of a mega-tower — would probably be better options, but the planned re-clad will give the structure some element of pedestrian-friendliness, as the street-level will open up to retail.
Construction on the decking that will cover the open pit currently on-site is underway, though no completion date for the overall plan has been announced.
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