Four architectural firms, Diller, Sofidio, & Renfro; H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; SHoP; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) were invited by the Metropolitan Art Society(MAS) to display how they would transform New York’s Penn Station into a better version of its current dilapidated state.
Here are the proposed designs submitted by the four firms:
Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Josh Sirefman offers Penn Station 3.0, which will be a city within a city, a porous and light-filled civic structure filled with diverse new programs that reflect the hybridity of contemporary urban life.
Not just a gateway to New York, the station is envisioned to be a destination in itself with fast, transit-oriented programs layered with slower destinations in a gradient of decelerating speeds from tracks to roof. The building will host transient and resident populations including commuters, office workers, fabricators, shoppers, foodies, culture seekers and urban explorers.
In pursuit of making rail the ‘mode of choice’, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture’s design proposal seeks to assert that four inextricably linked interventions must be made to improve the City’s essential systems and better express its culture: 1) Public Space, Entertainment, and the Environment; 2) Transportation; 3) Education; and 4) Economic Development.
SHoP’s plan imagines an expanded main hall of Penn Station as a bright, airy and easily navigable space that defines a center of a new destination district, Gotham Gateway. In addition to striking public architecture, the project propose ssignificant security and rail capacity improvements that address major needs at the existing station.
SOM’s plan calls for the expansion of Penn Station’s footprint by two additional blocks to accommodate high-speed rail lines for the Northeast Corridor, expanded commuter rail service for the entire tri-state area, and direct rail connections to JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports
“What we propose creates a civic heart for Midtown West – one that is truly public and open to all – while allowing New York City to maintain its position as a global center of commerce, industry and culture,” said Roger Duffy, FAIA, Design Partner behind SOM’s vision.