Manhattan’s West side will have a new “urban campus” one block west from Penn Station come 2016, Brookfield Office Properties announced Feb. 10.
The office building at 450 West 33rd Street will be redeveloped into a into Five Manhattan West, a modern 1.8 million square foot building designed by architectural firm REX.
Manhattan West is a five-acre, glassy mixed-use development of retail, office, and green space in the Hudson Yards district.
The $200 million redevelopment of Five Manhattan West was dependent on smart design.
“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,” Brookfield CEO Dennis Friedrich stated.
REX designed a pleated glass facade that will create floor-to-ceiling windows in a way that maximizes daylight while reducing solar gain. The interiors and mechanical systems will also be upgraded in a sustainable way.
“We believe that maximizing the potential of our urban cores’ existing vitality and infrastructure must be the basis for any definition of sustainability,” stated Joshua Prince-Ramus, principal at REX.