SHoP architects transform penn station into gotham gateway
SHoP architects transform penn station into gotham gateway
may 30, 2013

SHoP architects transform penn station into gotham gateway


SHoP architects transform penn station into ‘gotham gateway’

all images © SHoP architects pc



SHoP architects‘ proposal transforms this historical new york hub into a bright, airy space in response to MAS’s 2013 design challenge

for a new penn station and the next madison square garden. the design relocates the arena to hudson yards, engaging the waterfront, and extending the midtown locus across manhattan. further integrating it into the city context, an extension of the high line connects to the gotham gateway armature. parks and amenities linking the former neighbors, provide a civic face to the project and generate revenues to relieve the financial burden. the displacement of madison square garden allows major conceptual renovations to re-contextualize transportation in the heart of new york. the design encloses the rail station with a dematerialized train shed, allowing ample light and air into the space. circulation would be re-organized for ease of access and intuitive navigation throughout the largest transportation center in the united states.


four new york firms were invited to participate in this challenge; see all proposals here.




SHoP architects’ proposed facade creates an atrium awash with light




the roof allows natural light to illuminate the platforms




SHoP architects’ prosal transforms a maze of hallways with a clearly defined circulation pattern




parks and amenities enhance the financial feasibility of the renovation




gotham gateway armature connects to the highline at madison square garden




gotham gateway unifies midtown




project design team:

architect: SHoP architects pcstructural and environmental engineering: buro happold blast and security: weidlinger and associates writer and consultant: james sanders


  • holy cannoli Batman!

    dbkii says:
  • I love the design for the station, but I think the masterplan for the area is not specific to NYC, ignores the grid too much and acts like NYC is Dubai or every other international large scale development with outdated masterplanning methods. Towers in the park have clearly been unsuccessful in NYC (WTC, housing projects, etc). Good design, bad urbanism

    Ronin says:
  • anyone notice King Kong on the empire state? 🙂

    michael says:
  • Playing with the rendering. King Kong is KING.

    Maverick says:

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