REX and brookfield announce five manhattan west scheme
image by millerhare / courtesy of brookfield office properties and REX

 

 

 

brookfield office properties has announced details of ‘five manhattan west’, a project part of a larger redevelopment of new york’s chelsea district. to be completed by REX, the $200 million USD scheme includes the re-cladding and interior renovation of the existing architecture. acquired by brookfield in 2011, the structure is one of only eight office buildings in manhattan to offer more than 100,000 square feet of contiguous space on a single floor, while the site’s numerous loading bays provide the opportunity to create a private entrance for tenants.

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the project is part of a larger redevelopment of new york’s chelsea district
image by millerhare / courtesy of REX

 

 

 

the pleated glazed façade creates floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor, maximizing daylight penetration and reducing solar gain through ‘self-shading’ methods. internally, a reconfigured lobby forms a welcoming entrance space, while upgraded elevators and enhanced mechanical systems ensure a comfortable work environment. additionally, retail outlets positioned at ground floor level will activate the street front.

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skyline view of 450 and the manhattan west development
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‘we believe that maximizing the potential of our urban cores’ existing vitality and infrastructure must be the basis for any definition of sustainability,’ commented joshua prince‐ramus, principal at REX. ‘we are therefore thrilled to be involved with the repositioning of this significant, 44‐year‐old manhattan landmark adjacent to penn station and at the heart of several major developments in midtown.’

 

‘manhattan west is a vital mixed‐use real estate development and the redeveloped 450 west 33rd street gives the urban campus even greater depth and diversity,’ said dennis friedrich, chief executive officer of brookfield office properties. ‘the building’s unique mix of high ceilings and large, open floorplates are especially attractive to companies seeking this type of collaborative, ‘loft‐like’ space’.

 

the renovation of ‘five manhattan west’ is expected to be completed by 2016.

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the existing brutalist structure, designed by davis brody (now davis brody bond)
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the increased area of glazing allows for deeper penetration of daylight into the interior
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the spacious and brightly lit reception area
image by millerhare / courtesy of REX

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view of public space from 450 W 33rd st office
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office view across the hudson river
image by millerhare / courtesy of brookfield office properties and REX

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lobby view from sidewalk
image by millerhare / courtesy of brookfield office properties and REX

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site plan detailing the redevelopment project
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project info:

 

location: new york, USA
client: brookfield office properties
program: repositioning, re-cladding, and interior renovation of a 140,000 sqm (1,500,000 sqf) manhattan brutalist landmark
enclosure area: 29,800 sqm (321,000 sqf)
budget: $200 million USD
status: commenced 2011; completed construction documents 2014; construction commenced 2014; completion expected 2016
design architect: REX
key personnel: cheryl baxter, qianqian cai, adam chizmar, rachel dao, danny duong, luis gil, alysen hiller, gabriel jewell-vitale, romea muryń, judith mussel, kurt nieminen, roberto otero, se yoon park, justin piercy, joshua prince-ramus, ishtiaq rafiuddin, lena reeh rasmussen, minyoung song, elina spruza, yuan tiauriman, joão vieira costa, matthew uselman, cristina webb, matthew zych
executive architect: adamson
consultants: atelier ten, cerami, cosentini, edgett williams, entek, front, james corner field operations, pentagram, permasteelisa, philip habib, SOM, tillotson design, william vitacco