Last week, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Brookfield Properties announced the completion of Two Manhattan West, a 58-story commercial skyscraper in Midtown West. The 935-foot-tall structure yields 1.9 million square feet of office space and is the final component of the 7-million-square-foot Manhattan West complex, a $4.5 billion, five-building master plan more than 40 years in the making. R&R Scaffolding Ltd. supplied the BMUs and AECOM Tishman served as the general contractor for Two Manhattan West, which is located at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 31st Street, between the James A. Farley Building to the east and Hudson Yards to the west.
Two Manhattan West is engineered to achieve LEED Gold standards, powered by renewable electricity sourced from run-of-river hydropower dams located in Upstate New York. The structure is part of Brookfield’s ambitious commitment to transition its entire U.S. office portfolio to net-zero-emission power sources, joining One Manhattan West, its taller fraternal twin to the north. Both steel-framed skyscrapers feature identical glass enclosures, with gently curved corners and tapering building shapes topped with LED-illuminated crowns.
Two Manhattan West is located at the southeast corner of the master plan, with a soaring lobby surrounded by a landscaped public plaza. The other Manhattan West properties Brookfield developed include the 23-story Pendry Hotel, the 62-story Eugene rental tower, Four Manhattan West across West 33rd Street, and Five Manhattan West along Tenth Avenue, which was engineered by SOM and designed by REX. The complex also features multiple retail shops, restaurants, cafes, and a Whole Foods Market.
“The completion of Two Manhattan West and the entire Manhattan West development is monumental for New York City, knitting together the urban fabric of the West Side to create a dynamic live-work-play neighborhood on once unbuildable, underutilized land,” said Callie Haines, executive vice president and northeast region head, Brookfield Properties. “From exquisite office space and unrivaled restaurants to immersive retail and an abundance of public open space, Manhattan West has become the workplace of choice for leading companies and a sought-after destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
Two Manhattan West also sits adjacent to the High Line-Moynihan Connector, a 600-foot-long elevated park designed by SOM and Field Operations that extends to the High Line and Related Companies’ Hudson Yards.
“The public realm is the heart of the master plan,” said SOM partner Ken Lewis. “The buildings are organized around a series of distinct plazas that invite diverse users to the development and form a vital pedestrian link between the Midtown business district, the Penn Station complex, and Hudson Yards.”
“Two Manhattan West marks the Ninth Avenue entry into the neighborhood,” said SOM design principal Kim Van Holsbeke. “Its curving profile offers an elegant addition to the city’s skyline, and together with One Manhattan West, announces the creation of a thriving new urban destination.”