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Business centre upgrade features a park in the sky

“A reinvention of this station and office complex utilising the older building and adding new elegant lightweight elements to restore its urban presence as a landmark,” Bob Fry, Judge

Project: PENN 2

Award: Future Projects - Commercial, Gold, 2023

Location: New York, United States

Architect: MdeAS Architects

Client: Vornado Realty Trust

The 1.75 million square foot restoration of PENN 2 is intended to breathe new life into the gateway of Seventh Avenue atop the busiest transportation hub in North America. The office building that replaced the original Pennsylvania Station lacked a connection to the city. The new Seventh Avenue frontage will feature an iconic raised addition perched 50 feet above the plaza supported by robust slanting columns that rest upon the original station’s foundations. The underside of the podium will be clad with LED-backed perforated metal panels, creating an immersive light installation.

Design highlights

Inside, a public café and balcony will be perched within the triple height volume, along with a private second floor lounge and terrace. Additional amenities will include a 280-person town hall and pre-function space, as well as 75,000 square feet of new outdoor space, including a 17,000 square foot roof park supported by a multi-functional roof pavilion.


  • INTERIOR ARCHITECT: Architecture Plus Information
    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Turner Construction Company
    LIGHTING DESIGNER: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Future Green Studio
    STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Severud Associates
    BUILDING ENVELOPE: Gilsanz Murray Steficek

MdeAS Architects
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