Installation of the pleated glass façade is underway at 450 West 33rd Street, also known as Five Manhattan West. Developed by Brookfield Office Properties, the renovation of the 1969 Brutalist office building is one component of the larger Manhattan West mega project. Along with fully modernizing Five Manhattan West, two new office towers and one residential tower will be constructed on a platform over the rail lines that occupy the site. Architecture firm REX is overseeing the office renovation which will replace the original precast concrete façade with glass curtain wall panels. The sole vertical façade at the east elevation now sports the new glass envelope and work now begins on the first pleated façade at the west elevation. Late last week the first panels went up at the northwest corner. Completion of Five Manhattan West is slated for sometime next year.
Architects: REX (Five Manhattan West), SLCE (401 West 31st Street [Architect of Record], SOM (401 West 31st Street [Design Architect], 1 Manhattan West, Master Plan Architect); Landscape Architects: James Corner Field Operations; Developer: Brookfield; Program: Office, Residential, Retail; Location: Hudson Yards District, New York, NY; Completion: 2016 (Five Manhattan West).