SOM reveals new images of Manhattan West skyscrapers spanning rail yards in New York City


Architecture firm SOM has released new renderings of Manhattan West – a mixed-use development including a trio of towers that will be built next to New York's massive Hudson Yards (+ slideshow).

The five-million-square-foot (464,000 square metres) project includes a pair of office towers, a residential tower containing 844 apartments, retail space and a new public square.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM
Image by Millerhare

Brookfield Property Partners, one of New York's largest developers, is building the project.

The two glass office towers, the tallest of which rises to 67 storeys, will each feature one angled facade and rounded corners.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM

The shorter residential tower is envisioned with crisply articulated corners and a stepped profile, and will be topped by a roof terrace.

The project also includes the re-cladding and renovation of a Brutalist 1969 building originally designed by David Brody. REX has designed a glass facade for the 1.8 million-square-foot (167,000 square metres) building.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM
Image by Millerhare

The new landscaped urban plaza is being designed by James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind the High Line, which runs southwest of the Manhattan West site.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM
Image by Atchain

Manhattan West is immediately adjacent to the Hudson Yards development, which will include towers by SOM, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a new park by landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz, and a monumental sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM

Both developments are built on decks that span active rail yards and are located near Penn Station, which the Governor of New York is trying to convince developers to renovate. SOM recently unveiled new plans for the project, including a new train hall waiting room with a curved glass ceiling.

Manhattan West tower in New York by SOM
Image by Millerhare

SOM – short for Skidmore Owings & Merrill – recently completed a new library in Chicago with an oval floorplan, designed a net-zero elementary school in New York, and renovated an abandoned movie palace in San Francisco into a theatre and community space.

  • paulo costa

    Some fairly heavy hitters in the architecture and landscape fields involved in this scheme and the result is a set of lacklustre towers hemmed in around a residential block looking slightly incoherent. Much more is expected in terms of design for something which will significantly impact the New York skyline.

  • T-dog

    The design looks familiar!

  • evilp

    I guarantee those rounded glass corners will be the first item value engineered out.

    • Shawn

      I sit down with the doctor. He says, “It’s bad.” I say, “How bad?” The doctor continues, “I’ll be frank. Any semblance of originality or a design element has been value engineered out.

      Basically, I give your library design a couple of weeks before it looks like a beige Jimmy Johns.”


  • gio

    The word “generic” just got a new meaning!

  • Archi-Nerd

    Daaaang. SOM lockin’ down midtown!

  • jewsrapebabys

    Nice, they look like mini twin towers. Too bad they didn’t rebuild those and put up that piece of crap boring building .

  • bvs

    It would have been hard for them to come up with a more boring scheme. I wonder how much longer the field of architecture will even exist in the USA. People care so little about the design of their cities there.

  • Justin B

    I actually like the angled facade and rounded corners. It’s not inspired but saves these from being a glass box. I like the height variation, like how these compliment each other, and I like the bases and outdoor space. I think this works in the area. Value engineering of the rounded corners would be a big disappointment, though. Any value engineering of this project will be particularly bad. Hopefully this does not happen.