Construction is continuing to rise on Two Manhattan West, a 935-foot-tall commercial skyscraper in Midtown West. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and developed by Brookfield, the 58-story office tower stands at the corner of West 31st Street and Ninth Avenue, directly to the south of One Manhattan West, its 996-foot-tall architecturally identical sibling. The building will yield 2 million square feet and is expected to cost $2 billion.
Recent photos from along Ninth Avenue show the sunlight and blue sky reflecting off the sleek glass panels. The safety cocoon component was also recently put into place, and more sections of it were seen on West 31st Street waiting to be lifted upward and attached to the edges of the steel perimeter. Like One Manhattan West, the lower levels of Two Manhattan West will have the largest floor plates in terms of square footage and will gradually reduce in size as the skyscraper nears its pinnacle. The main differences between the two buildings is a slightly shorter architectural height and a 90-degree counterclockwise orientation of Two Manhattan West’s footprint. We can expect the majority of the steel structure to be put together throughout 2021, perhaps even getting close to topping out by the end of the year or early 2022.
The scale of the fireproofed core and its huge steel columns, beams, and diagonal frames gives a good impression of the impressive engineering and scope of the massive skyscraper.
We also spotted crews hanging and inserting glass panels in action.
The curved corners are a nice clean and elegant touch.
Two Manhattan West is the final element in the five-building Manhattan West complex. The only other tower not fully completed is the Pendry Hotel at Four Manhattan West. Plaza work around the main entrance and leading to the central public outdoor space is currently underway and the hotel was last reported to be on schedule to open for business by this summer. The other buildings in the master plan include the Eugene, a 730-foot-tall residential skyscraper at Three Manhattan West and the renovated Five Manhattan West, which features a new Whole Foods Market. The nearest subways include the A, C, and E trains to the east underneath Pennsylvania Station and the 7 train to the west at Hudson Yards.
It was last reported that Two Manhattan West is slated to be finished in 2023.