diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0
diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0
may 30, 2013

diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0

‘penn station and madison square garden proposal’ by diller scofidio + renfro, new york city, united statesimage © diller scofidio + renfro




one of the proposals submitted and discussed during the municipal art society of new york‘s open critique for the new penn station and madison square garden design is that of local practice diller scofidio + renfro, which focuses on the key element that dictates human space and activity all stations: time. departure and arrival times are the most important factors in the use of space and is solved through a complex layering of program that organizes it into zones based on the time they require. fast traffic is kept on the ground level where the tracks are located, while the remainder of the program above represent gradually slower circulation until reaching the green rooftop garden, a place of repose and relaxation with views of the city.breaking from strictly transport-related functions, ‘penn station 3.0’ will serve a new variety of visitors including ‘commuters, office workers, fabricators, shoppers, foodies, culture seekers and urban explorers’. the structural logic follows the conceptual layering; with folding interwoven planes interrupted by voids and crevices, a new monumentality is created which allows  the flow of air and light to all parts of the building and the visual connection between programmatic elements, no longer individualizing each zone but instead layering what could be considered individual fibers within an integrated shell. the end result is something like a city within the city. focused on improved transportation for the millions of daily visitors, the structure is intended to become a public building with activities to suit any interest. in this scheme, madison square garden is relocated to the west end of the farley building accessed from eighth avenue.



 see designboom’s coverage of all four projects here



diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0green rooftopimage © diller scofidio + renfro



diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0view from the middle level to the tracks and program aboveimage © diller scofidio + renfro



diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0integrated program is visible from various pointsimage © diller scofidio + renfro



diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0train platformsimage © diller scofidio + renfro



diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0exterior night renderimage © diller scofidio + renfro




diller scofidio + renfro propose penn station 3.0

  • By far, it’s my favorite proposal. The way the project fits into the existing city is so much more appropriate than the others. Also, the composition of curved pathways with the angular station below is very compelling.

    Ronin says:
  • Great Job!

    Cheese says:
  • sketches are always more exciting than buildings!

    pedro santos says:

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