Two Manhattan West’s Glass Curtain Wall Approaches Pinnacle in Midtown West, Manhatan

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Façade installation is nearing the parapet of Two Manhattan West, a 58-story commercial skyscraper in the five-building Manhattan West master plan in Midtown West. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and developed by Brookfield, the 935-foot-tall tower will yield 2 million square feet of office space directly to the south of its taller fraternal sibling, One Manhattan West. AECOM Tishman is the general contractor for the project, which is aiming for LEED Gold Certification and is located at the corner of West 31st Street and Ninth Avenue. Two Manhattan West is already 25 percent leased with law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore confirmed as the flagship tenant.

At the time of our last construction update in December, the steel superstructure had reached the building’s roof level and work was underway on the frame for the crown levels. Since then, the safety cocoon has come down from the pinnacle and the glass paneling is now about to finish enclosing the final office floors.

Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

One and Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Photos taken through the sidewalk fencing show the base of Two Manhattan West filled with a dense network of scaffolding.

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

Two Manhattan West. Photo by Michael Young

The lobby will have a transparent glass enclosure with several tall columns wrapped in white panels that outline the base alongside reflective metal trim and curved edges. This can be seen in the rendering below. Surrounding the outside is an outdoor plaza and several steps that follow the gentle sloping elevation of Ninth Avenue.

Rendering of ground floor and lobby spaces at 2 Manhattan West

Rendering of ground floor and lobby spaces at 2 Manhattan West

Two Manhattan West is on pace to be finished by the end of 2023.

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7 Comments on "Two Manhattan West’s Glass Curtain Wall Approaches Pinnacle in Midtown West, Manhatan"

  1. A ‘soft’ glass box…not bad.

  2. Nobody ever got fired for hiring SOM and that is their primary virtue – they’re unassailable. The ability of their buildings to “fit in” is what’s right about them but it’s also what’s wrong. At least they’re not gimmicky like so much of Hudson Yards across the street.

  3. Those curved edges and elegant windows are so beautiful. I can’t wait to see it finish.

    • The curved corners are everything! And the subtle slope—they seem to lean away from each other, like 10 & 30 Hudson Yards—cool.

  4. Correct the spelling of the word MANHATTAN in the article header…PLEASE

  5. Two Manhattan West’s Glass Curtain Wall Approaches Pinnacle In Midtown West, Manhatan

  6. Howard Maurer | March 11, 2022 at 6:13 pm | Reply

    I am soooo sick of just more glass-walled cubage going up in a fantastically miserable assemblage of nonentities. Make me want to vomit or cry, or why not both? The entire Hudson Yards is such an abysmal failure of urban design and overall vision, as well as a disgraceful tax give-away to the developers. Nothing but a shiny, windswept pox on the city. The “wastebasket” couldn’t be a more appropriate symbol for the entire complex.

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