SOM’s supertall New York office tower complete

Images courtesy of Dave Burk/SOM
The 285m-tall Two Manhattan West skyscraper, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been completed.

The tower is located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 31st Street, above active rail lines. For this reason, only half of the building touches solid ground, and it relies on two mega-columns on its perimeter for support.

The building will be powered by renewable electricity sourced from hydropower dams located in upstate New York.

Julia Murphy, a partner in SOM, said: “Building Two Manhattan West required a feat of extraordinary coordination among the design, engineering, and planning teams. its presence in the sky and at grade is rigorous and clearly defined, its most dramatic complexities lie underground.”

The supertall tower is the final piece of Brookfield Properties’ Manhattan West development. This is a 7 million sq ft mixed-use neighbourhood that links the West Side to Penn Station and the Hudson River.

Callie Haines, Brookfield Properties’ executive vice president, said: “The completion of Two Manhattan West and the entire Manhattan West development is monumental for New York City, knitting together the urban fabric of the West Side to create a dynamic live-work-play neighbourhood on once unbuildable, underutilised land.”

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