More renderings have been revealed for PENN 2, Vornado Realty Trust‘s recently commenced renovation of Two Penn Plaza, a 412-foot-tall commercial office building in Midtown. Originally designed by Charles Luckman Associates, the 31-story structure currently yields 1.61 million square feet and stands immediately to the east of Madison Square Garden along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets. The project, designed by MdeAS Architects, will fully revamp the 53-year-old building’s interiors and replace its dark mid-century modern façade with a lighter, more transparent glass envelope designed by MdeAS Architects. The endeavor is among a flurry of efforts to modernize the area surrounding Penn Station, which include the proposed construction of a nearly 1,200-foot-tall, 2.7-million-square-foot office supertall designed by Foster + Partners that would rise directly across the street on the site of the Hotel Pennsylvania.
The 430-foot-long frontage of the building, which spans 88,000 square feet, will be renovated with double-height, column-free space. The renderings also show a modern update to the entrances to the subterranean levels of the complex on the western side of the parcel, linking to the subways and Penn Station. In addition, a two-story cantilevering section of newly built office floors is shown to extend over the Seventh Avenue sidewalks, supported by numerous underlying diagonal beams. Corner loggias will be added to every floor, as well as flexible tenant spaces for public or private events, a 275-person town hall, casual lounges, a rooftop pavilion, outdoor green space, and over an acre of outdoor terraces. A triple-height office entrance will be relocated against a new tree-lined plaza along West 33rd Street.
MdeAS Architects expects PENN 2’s overhaul to be completed in 2022, as indicated on its website.