Behold What NYC's Penn Station Could Be: Four Visions : Slideshow

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Penn Station 3.0

Designed as a "city within a city, a porous and light-filled civic structure" by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro Penn Station 3.0 turns the train station into a destination for a variety of programming on "a gradient of decelerating speeds from tracks to roof." Mixing travel and destination, "the building will host transient and resident populations including commuters, office workers, fabricators, shoppers, foodies, culture seekers and urban explorers."

Courtesy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Waterfront Penn Station

The Knicks on the Hudson? H3 proposes to move Penn Station and Madison Square Garden to a 16-acre site on the west side waterfront. This vision for a New Penn Station adds eight high-speed rail tracks and "integrates community and traveler amenities, including a new three-acre public park, retail complex, and two-acre roof garden."

Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Gotham Gateway

SHoP Architects’ plan would expand the main hall of Penn Station "as a bright, airy and easily navigable space that defines a center of a new destination district, Gotham Gateway."

Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Gotham Gateway Park

Yes, that's a train hanging over what would become Gateway Park. 

Courtesy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Green-Roofed Towers

As part of H3's plan to move Madison Square Garden to the riverfront, it opens up land on 7th Avenue and next door. "Redevelopment of the Farley Post Office creates a centrally located Center for Education. And, perhaps most importantly, 24 million square feet of private development around Penn Station and up Seventh Avenue serves as an economic engine for improvements and a revived world-class commercial district. Here's a rendering of the view from the sky. 

Courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merril
A Grand Hovering Park

“What we propose creates a civic heart for Midtown West" Skidmore, Owings & Merril writes of their proposal, which would turn Penn Station into a rising crown of concentric planted walkways hovering above a grand glass dome. "SOM also proposes to build a public park four times the size of Bryant Park, a commercial development the size of Rockefeller Center, a city of Culture larger than Lincoln Center, and a residential neighborhood the size of Tudor City. The design will fully exhaust its potential air rights but preserve the full four block ground-plane exclusively for Public use." Madison Square Garden moves next door. 


Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merril
Making Penn Station More Central

The Skidmore, Owings & Merril 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. This last connection would allow a passenger to go straight from the curb of 7th Avenue, through security at Penn Station, onto a train, and directly to the airport gate."

Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merril
Green Rings

Another view of SOM's grassy rings hovering above the main ticketing hall.