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Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

PROJECTS HONOR

PENN PALIMPSEST

PRACTICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
NEW YORK, NY
Pennsylvania Station is the busiest transportation facility in the
Western Hemisphere. It is also a linchpin to reimagining its neglected
surroundings. And while plans for a new Amtrak station in the Farley
building and the construction of two new tunnels under the Hudson
are steps in the right direction, Farley accommodates only 20% of Penn
Station's commuters at most, leaving 80% or some 500,000 commuters
in a warren of passageways. The tunnels will expand rail capacity but
not station space. To meet the demand, Penn Station needs enhanced
capacity and safety, as well as a reaffirming and welcoming user experience.
This concept imagines the station as a new public commons, a civic
space both sober and soaring born out of architectural restraint during
a time that asks us to do more with less. The recycling of the superstructure and foundations of the relocated Madison Square Garden creates a grand commuter pavilion at minimal public cost and disruption.
Architecturally, layers of history are revealed, from McKim's original
balustrades, to the reuse of the original station's mezzanine levels, to
the reimagining of the Garden's roof as a hovering mural of New York.
The Garden's structure is reclad in a double-skin glass wall that
transmits light but not heat. The station is passively heated and cooled,
allowing for an open entry threshold around the entire perimeter and
improved emergency egress. Blast-proof glass protects the new station,
while smoke is purged quickly through the oculus in the ceiling in the
event of fire. The proposal also reimagines the neighborhood as
a destination, with a new Madison Square Garden, new office buildings, housing, hotels, eateries, and a small public park. At its center
will be a grand public space that reaffirms belief in civic infrastructure
and a shared public realm.

Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Design Team
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Ruchika Modi, Christopher
James Botham, Diego Soto MadriƱan, Antariksh
Tandon, Skylar Bisom-Rapp, Bryan Dorsey
Collaborators
Thornton Tomasetti, Level Agency for
Infrastructure

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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