New York is rightfully proud of its effort to preserve its historic landmarks. The Big Apple hold title to a well rounded portion of U.S. iconic architecture. Here we see an example of an effort to refurbish and design a new life for Penn Station a relic from the time of the Vanderbilt and Rockeffeller eras of titanic business development. A monument to business acumen and the contribution of rail transportation to U.S. growth and world leadership.
[From Wired NEWS: A Green, Ultra-Modern Makeover for America’s Busiest Train Station BY JOSEPH FLAHERTY05.31.132:15 PM]
Penn Station is the most heavily trafficked train depot in the United States, a cultural icon, and sorely in need of a makeover. But upgrading this century-old station has been difficult because it’s underneath another thriving landmark, Madison Square Garden (MSG). However, a recent city ruling would end MSG’s lease on the land in 2023, so the Municipal Art Society of New York commissioned four prominent architecture firms to provide a vision for what the station could be without consideration for the Knick’s games and Phish concerts that are usually happening overhead.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which has ambitious projects with iconic structures like the Freedom Tower and Burj Khalifa to its credit, was one of the firms selected to reimagine the station. True to form, its proposal would transform this piece of civic infrastructure by expanding the scope to include a new park, commercial district, cultural buildings, and residences spread over two city blocks.