SOM unveils plans for new Penn Station in New York

30 May 2013 (Last Updated May 30th, 2013 18:30)

Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden in New York, US.

Penn Station

Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden in New York, US.

SOM’s plan is in response to a design challenge initiated by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) for the new Penn station.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro have also unveiled their proposals.

The architecture firm said its plan will expand the transit capacity at Penn Station to create a capstone to every major piece of transportation infrastructure serving New York City.

SOM design partner Roger Duffy said that 640,000 passengers use Penn Station every day but it does not act as a gateway to New York.

"What we propose creates a civic heart for Midtown West – one that is truly public and open to all – while allowing New York City to maintain its position as a global center of commerce, industry and culture," Duffy said.

As per the proposal, SOM plans to expand Penn Station by building two additional blocks to house high-speed rail lines for the Northeast Corridor.

Plans also include expanded commuter rail service for the entire tri-state area, and direct rail connections to JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

A transparent ticketing hall is planned to be built at the centre of the site, with vehicular drop-off and radial, pedestrian connections to the city surrounding it.

Two concourses running north-south will allow passengers to move from ground level to below grade.

The architectural firm said retail outlets will line these circulation spaces, integrating the station into the nearby streetscape and that the lowest levels will feature expanded platforms.


Image: SOM is planning to expand Penn Station’s footprint by two additional blocks. Photo: Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.