Move over Hudson Yards, today marks the official opening of another megaproject built over a railyard deck on Manhattan’s Far West Side. Manhattan West, a decades-long collaboration between developer Brookfield Properties and design architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), is officially open to the public, even as individual buildings made their debuts piecemeal over the last four years.
The 8-acre mixed-use development spans six separate buildings (with three designed by SOM) centered around a central, 2.6-acre plaza designed by the campus’s landscape architect, James Corner Field Operations. The $4.5-billion project sits atop a 2.6-acre platform on 9th Avenue between the ends of 31st and 33rd Streets, decking over an active
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