Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Brookfield Property Partners
New York, USA
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.