First and tallest tower in Manhattan West complex is now open

October 30, 2019

Image courtesy of James M Hooker / CTC Creative

The doors of One Manhattan West have officially opened. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed tower spans across 67 stories and 2.1 million square feet of office space, and at 995 feet, it’s the tallest building in the development.  Located at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street, the tower is the first building within Brookfield Properties’ eight-acre Manhattan West complex to open. It’s already 90 percent leased, with tenants including Accenture, the National Hockey League, Skadden Arps, and Slate.

One Manhattan West, Brookfield Properties, Midtown West, New Developments

The structure is comprised of a reinforced concrete core and steel moment frame and was designed to accommodate the Amtrak railways running beneath Manhattan West. A transparent, 40-foot tall lobby surrounds the monolithic, carved structural core, which is clad in 400 tons of Italian travertine. The tower is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

One Manhattan West, Brookfield Properties, Midtown West, New DevelopmentsImage of One Manhattan West courtesy of Brookfield Properties

“Our aim for One Manhattan West was to create a timeless office tower that would help companies driving the world’s economy attract, retain and get the most out of their workforces,” said Ric Clark, chairman of Brookfield Property Group.

“Through an integrated design approach between our architectural and engineering teams, SOM endeavored to create an icon for what will ultimately be one of the largest new developments in a generation in New York City,” added Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design partner Gary Haney. “And this is true not only on the skyline; this building also boasts one of the most dramatic lobbies in New York City.”

One Manhattan West, Brookfield Properties, Midtown West, New DevelopmentsView looking East from the 53rd floor of One Manhattan West; courtesy of Tod Seelie

The other commercial buildings in the complex—which stretches from Ninth to Tenth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets—include Two Manhattan West, which is now rising on the southeast corner of 31st Street and Ninth Avenue. The 58-story, 1.9 million-square-foot office tower will be the complex’s final component to reach completion. There’s also Five Manhattan West, which is already 100 percent leased with tenants like Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Markit, and R/GA Media. Whole Foods and Peloton will anchor the ground-floor retail offerings, and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will open a signature restaurant on a two-acre landscaped plaza that’s also part of the complex. In addition, The Lofts at Manhattan West will be a boutique, 13-story office building with coworking opportunities operated by Spaces.



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