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Thread: New Penn Station (Moynihan Station)

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    OM proposes to fanastically expand penn station, new york city
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    the mega firm SOM has been instrumental in shaping the new york city skyline, what with the design for one world trade center; however,
    their vision for a more livable new york readily entertains forward-thinking infrastructure that integrates the existing dynamism of the city and
    the expectation of growth. responding to a design challenge put forth by the municipal art society of new york to redesign the busiest train station
    in north america, the proposal calls for the transplantation of madison square garden to an adjacent site, while fantastically expanding the
    cramped penn station into an efficient, green vortex of circulation. the proposal is remarkable in it's approach to density and seeks to strike a balance
    between consolidation and expansion.


    the proposal is focused on making penn station a dignified gateway both with striking architectonics and more intuitive circulation. the expansion of
    the transit hub's footprint by two additional blocks makes for the accommodation of high-speed rail lines from the northeast corridor as well as direct rail
    connections to major airports and commuter rail services for the entire tri-state area. in keeping with the idea of the complex as the civic heart of midtown
    west, the grand architectural gesture consists of a central, large-scale transparent ticketing hub lined with retail spaces. the layered, vertical park sports
    green space four times the size of bryant park while asserting the center as an important and multifaceted urban gateway. four mixed-use towers monumentalize
    and consolidate city programming, boasting more offices that rockefeller center and more cultural hotspots than lincoln center to punctuate the green-clad funnel
    of circulation that would so characterize the skyline.


    regarding the guiding forces of design, the firm reasoned:

    'with all of these networks intersecting at penn station, its central hall would become the iconic gateway for nearly every visitor around the world.'



    the proposal takes advantage of vertical density, optimal location and more intuitive circulation
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    four mixed use towers punctuate the monumental urban block
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    the 'green footprint' of the urban fabric is widened with the green-topped ticketing hub
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    the ticketing hub hovers above expanses of green space
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    view of the transparent ticketing hub and the cross-section of the multifunctional spaces
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    interior view of the concourse shows the layered space
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    the design expands the urban fabric both skyward and underground
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    diagram of the offices and work space programming, totaling a density equal to rockefeller center
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    diagram of residential area, totaling the size of tudor city, the east side development that was the world's first skyscraper residential complex
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    program diagram of cultural areas, which total the size of lincoln center
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    diagram of green spaces designed for play and relaxation total an area four times the size of bryant park
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    Why the hell would they design that to allow cars to drive on the surface level into the center circle?

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    Why are you knit-picking such an audacious fantasy? It's all masturbation anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Why the hell would they design that to allow cars to drive on the surface level into the center circle?
    Because you can't just take away 2 more streets in midtown and have a giant roadblock from 29 to 33

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    So they're not just nuking MSG. They're nuking all the Penn Plaza towers, and everything else on the blocks from 33rd to 34th and 30th to 31st (at least. I'm not sure if 29th to 30th is in there also.)

    The legal wrangling alone would take 20-25 years. And who's going to pay for all of this?

    Masturbation is a good term to use for this design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanshnookenraggen View Post
    Why are you knit-picking such an audacious fantasy? It's all masturbation anyway.
    correct, and we've all jumped in and turned it into a big ol 'circle jerk' - good work boys. HeHe

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    The engineering on that design would be a colossal undertaking. You're looking at about the
    equivalent of a 14 story building with 900,000 square feet footprint suspended in mid-air,
    supported by only four cornerstone towers. Is that even physically possible?

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    I wish they poured this much effort into the expanded South Station or DC Union Station...

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    Fantasy Island.

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    All the station needs is light and good craftmanship. Nothing too over the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post


    train platforms
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    Trains coming in all the way from Germany, Taiwan and Japan? Even with those high speed trains, that's a rather long ride....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    The engineering on that design would be a colossal undertaking. You're looking at about the
    equivalent of a 14 story building with 900,000 square feet footprint suspended in mid-air,
    supported by only four cornerstone towers. Is that even physically possible?
    It's possible and China already has 10 of these, 2 in Changsha alone.

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    I'd be interested to see them if that's the case. There is undoubtedly some impressive architecture in China where they have been much more bold and ambitious, but somehow I doubt that there is anything that comes close to this amount of tonnage + separation

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    Someone mistook a story board for iRobot with a render of NYC.

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    Two more days until the City Council hearing on this.
    Contact Quinn and let her know how you want her to vote!


    http://council.nyc.gov/d3/html/members/contact.shtml

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