Brookfield Office Properties has hired architectural firm REX for a $200 million redesign of an office building at 450 West 33rd Street in New York.
The 1.8-million-square foot building—part of Brookfield’s Manhattan West development near Penn Station—will receive a new pleated glass façade that creates floor-to-ceiling windows on every floor while reducing solar gain through geometric “shades.”
Originally designed by architecture firm Davis Brody (now Davis Brody Bond), the 1969 Brutalist building in West Chelsea was painted beige in the 1980s and its fill-in wall panels were clad in brown metal siding. Seen in the dystopian film "Blade Runner," the building is sometimes referred to as "The Tyrell Building."
The majority of the building's perimeter walls are sloped at 20-degree angles, but since building codes for accessible paths of travel have been updated, leaving it as-is would render a portion of the building un-leasable. The architects solved this problem by designing a facade that is pleated above head strike. The new geometry will also improve energy performance and visual comfort, according to a statement by the architects.
The redesign by REX principal Joshua Prince-Ramus also calls for a lobby refurbishment, upgraded and expanded elevators, enhanced mechanical systems, and street-level stores. Renovation is slated for completion in 2016.
The five-acre Manhattan West campus will include two new office buildings, a boutique hotel, restaurants, health and fitness facilities, and retail.
All photos and renderings courtesy of REX.