Manhattan West

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Manhattan West Tower 1
One Manhattan West April 2018.jpg
Under construction, April 2018.
General information
Address401 Ninth Avenue
Estimated completion2019
Roof995 ft (303 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count67[2]
Floor area171,000 m2 (1,840,600 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
Structural engineerSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
Main contractorTishman Construction
Manhattan West Tower 2
Manhattan West is located in New York
Manhattan West
Location within New York
General information
StatusUnder construction
Coordinates40°45′07″N 73°59′52″W / 40.7519°N 73.9979°W / 40.7519; -73.9979Coordinates: 40°45′07″N 73°59′52″W / 40.7519°N 73.9979°W / 40.7519; -73.9979
Estimated completion2022
Roof935 ft (285 m)
Technical details
Floor count56[3]
Floor area171,000 m2 (1,840,600 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
DeveloperBrookfield Properties
Structural engineerSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
Manhattan West Tower 3
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General information
Address401 West 31st Street
CompletedJuly 2017
Roof730 ft (223 m)
Technical details
Floor count64
Floor area70,297 m2 (756,670 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merrill

Manhattan West is a 5,400,000-square-foot (500,000 m2) mixed-use development by Brookfield Properties, being built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment. The project consists of two large office towers and two smaller residential towers, as well as a 1.5-acre (0.6-hectare) public park.[4] The towers are being built on a platform over Penn Station storage tracks along Ninth Avenue. The buildings are close to the Hudson Yards mega-development to the west across Tenth Avenue. Upon its completion, the taller west tower will extend 995 feet (303 m) up to its roof and will be one of the tallest buildings in New York City.[5]


New buildings under construction
View of existing 450 West 33rd Street during construction

Ground was broken for the site in January 2013.[6][7][8] As of May 21, 2014, a permit for the Manhattan West building complex has been submitted and approved.[9][10] Under the updated 2014 plan, the complex is set to be completed by 2020. By the end of 2014, a $680 million platform over Long Island Rail Road tracks between Tenth and Dyer Avenues, atop which the Manhattan West development would be built, was completed.[11]

In October 2015, the Qatar Investment Authority invested in a 44% stake in the $4.5 billion mixed-use development project.[12] The deal included the formation of a joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and QIA for the development of 7 million square feet (650,000 m2) of residential and office space in five buildings, including 62-story and 67-story skyscrapers, that Brookfield said would be worth $8.6 billion upon completion.[13]

Manhattan West is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment, a larger plan to redevelop the Hudson Yards area, which would extend from the west of Pennsylvania Station to the Hudson River.[14] The QIA was referred to as an "early bird" for their investment in an area that has not yet come under widespread development.[13] This strategy assumes taking on more development risk in the hope of better returns.[14]


1 Manhattan West[edit]

The development plans announced by Brookfield Property Partners and QIA include five buildings. The future 67-story building is scheduled for completion in 2019 and law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP have been confirmed as tenants.[15][16] The structure topped out in September 2018.[17]

The structural system of the tower is composed of a central reinforced concrete core and a perimeter steel moment frame. Part of the tower overhangs above the below ground train tracks leading into Penn Station. In order to avoid the tracks the perimeter columns on the south side (as well as the north and east sides) do not come down to ground level, but are transferred to the core above the building's lobby. [18]

2 Manhattan West[edit]

2 Manhattan West, which reportedly would not undergo construction until it secures an anchor tenant, will be completed following the first tower and will include 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2).[19][15]

3 Manhattan West[edit]

3 Manhattan West, located at 401 West 31st Street, is a residential tower that is part of the Manhattan West project, and broke ground in December 2014.[20] Now complete, it stands 64 floors and 730 feet to its height. In total it has 844 units.

Pendry Manhattan West[edit]

According to mid-2016 reports, 4 Manhattan West, a hotel-residential building, is still in the planning process.[15][21]

5 Manhattan West[edit]

5 Manhattan West as seen in 2017

The existing building at 450 West 33rd Street was the first building of Manhattan West to be built. Located on the east side of 10th Avenue, it was designed by Davis Brody Bond and opened in 1969.[22][23] It originally had a precast beige concrete facade with a sloped base, and although the facade was cleaned up in 2003, it was seen as out of place with the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood.[24]

450 West 33rd Street houses the Associated Press.[25] The 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2), 16-story building, built in 1969, had its brutalist concrete exterior renovated with a glass facade; its interior and mechanical systems also started renovation in spring 2014.[26] When renovation of the building was completed, it was renamed 5 Manhattan West.[27]

The Eugene[edit]

The Eugene is an 844 unit residential building located in the development. It was completed in 2017.[27]

Tenants and owners[edit]


The law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is planned to move to Manhattan West from the Conde Nast Building. Another law firm, Fried Frank, is considering moving to Manhattan West when the development is completed.[28][29]

The National Hockey League is planned to move its headquarters to 1 Manhattan West.[30] Ernst & Young also announced in 2017 that it would relocate to 600,000 square feet at One Manhattan West, occupying the 6th through 22nd floors.[31] The company is moving from its previous location at 5 Times Square, leaving a million square feet of office space vacant at its former location.[32] also plans to open an operations office on the sixth and seventh floors of 5 Manhattan West.[33][34]

QIA ownership stake[edit]

By late 2015, reports emerged that the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) had announced its plans to invest $35 billion in the U.S. over five years.[35] The QIA investments focus on diversifying the fund’s assets and concentrate on direct investments in real estate, with one of these investments being a 44% stake in Manhattan West.[13] Since the announcement, QIA has made a series of high-level investments in the U.S. including the purchase of a minority stake in the Empire State Building's owner.[36] In September 2015, QIA opened an office in New York City for closer management of the fund’s U.S. assets.[37]

See also[edit]


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