One Manhattan West

Structural Designer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Client Name

Brookfield Property Partners

Location

New York, USA

ARCHITECT
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
AECOM

FACADE MAINTENANCE
Entek Engineering

LIGHTING CONSULTANT
Speirs + Major

LAND USE COUNSEL
Holland & Knight

STEEL FABRICATOR
Walters Inc 

MEP/FP ENGINEER
JB&B

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
James Corner Field Operations 
  Images: © 1-Fadi Asmar, 2-SOM, 3-Lucas Blair

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A 70-story (304m) office tower and part of the larger Manhattan West Development in New York City. The tower is located on a challenging site, rising above the underground train tracks approaching Pennsylvania Station. The design team turned this constraint into an opportunity by sloping in the perimeter columns to the core and creating a column-free lobby at the base of the supertall tower.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

The most dramatic complexities for the engineers lie beneath this tall tower. It was the first building to be completed in the Manhattan West Development; an entirely new 464,500-m2 neighbourhood built above active railroad tracks. For more than a century, this large tract of land remained undevelopable because of its location.

The project required an intricate synthesis of architectural design and structural engineering to encompass the site conditions below and express an elegant simplicity above. The building is conceived as one of a pair of towers, with the second currently under construction. To navigate subgrade obstacles, each tower is supported by a central core with sloping perimeter columns designed to reach available foundations between the operational train tracks.
 
The central core is anchored to solid ground, while the perimeter columns slope outward to create a column-free space at the building’s lobby. A glass fin-supported perimeter wall emphasises the openness of the space and makes the structural solution a dramatic focal point. 

The judges applaud the design team’s skill in adopting this elegant solution to overcome the site limitations and unlock this significant opportunity.

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