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.
Two Penn Plaza
Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.
Following the state’s plan to upgrade and expand Pennsylvania Station, Vornado Realty Trust has announced plans to renovate and interconnect 57-story One Penn Plaza and 29-story Two Penn Plaza, completed in 1972 and 1968 respectively, into a massive 4.2-million-square-foot office complex. The two buildings are located directly adjacent to and above Penn Station, in Midtown, between West 31st and 34th streets and Seventh and Eighth avenues. According to The Real Deal, the renovation project would improve desirability and tenant mobility and allow for new retail and amenity opportunities. Two Penn Plaza would get a new floor-to-ceiling glass façade and One Penn Plaza would receive “a more conventional upgrade.” Start and completion dates have not been disclosed, and a designer has not yet been revealed.