Brookfield Office Properties

adaptive reuse, Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments

5 Manhattan West. Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu via REX Architecture

Brookfield Office Properties offered a look at the second building in the nearly-six-million-square-foot, six-building Manhattan West project to be completed. The 16-story office building known as 5 Manhattan West, where Amazon signed a lease for a 360,000-square-foot space, is approaching completion on Tenth Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets across from Hudson Yards. Archpaper shares images of the building’s sparkling new look and interiors, the result of some fancy architectural footwork by REX. The 1969 Brutalist office building was nearly everyone’s example of ugly since a 1980s renovation left it clad in brown metal and beige paint. The rechristened building’s new facade wraps it in sleek, form-fitting pleated glass that does more than just look pretty.

More images of the 21st century transformation, this way

Real Estate Wire

New York Plaza Hotel, the plaza
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  • Post-gentrifiers are upset with the post-post-gentrifiers that have driven Williamsburg’s prices sky high. [NYT]
  • The George Washington Bridge Terminal is finally getting its long-awaited facelift. The station will be closed while the $183 million upgrade is undertaken. [NYT]
  • Heritage Equity Partners’ Toby Moskovits talks about his conversion of St. Vincent De Paul Church in Williamsburg into a rental building. [Crain’s]
  • A profile of the top investors backing NYC’s hottest real estate tech startups. [TRD]
  • Brookfield‘s SOM-designed apartment tower near Hudson Yards has a new look. [Curbed]

The Plaza Hotel, image by Luxuo (left); St. Vincent De Paul Church in Williamsburg (right)

Architecture, Manhattan, New Developments

SOM's 401 west 31st street

Brookfield Office Properties filed its first plans yesterday for their SOM-designed residential tower located at 401 West 31st Street, adjacent to all the Hudson Yards hoopla. The 756,674-square-foot, 702-foot-tall tower will host 790 apartments with 3,438 square feet of retail on its ground level.

The design sits within a grouping of glass towers and a low slung, tapering structure. The newly filed iteration is quite different than the structure revealed earlier this year, which was much taller and featured a darker material palette that gave the building a more monolithic appearance. The updated design certainly melds better with its surroundings.

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.

[Via New York YIMBY]

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