Brookfield Place Reconfiguration+ expand detail
New York, NY, USA
300,000 square feet / 28,000 square meters
Working closely with Brookfield Properties, PCPA was the overall Master Planner and Design Architect for this extensive renovation that included new construction for the Pavilion. The Pavilion and Reconfiguration together span over 300,000 square feet of additions and renovated spaces to Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center), an existing 8.2 million square foot commercial office and retail center in Lower Manhattan originally designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and completed in 1988.
This ambitious project redesigns the two base floors in their entirety for a completely new public experience, starting with a new entrance. A glass pavilion on West Street is the main entrance for the entire complex, connecting Brookfield Place to Lower Manhattan’s new transit hubs. Visitors arriving from the new World Trade Center PATH station and the Fulton Center subway complex will go from the underground pedestrian passageways directly to the entrance pavilion and through to the Winter Garden. Passengers from the Hudson River ferries will also use the entrance pavilion to reach public transit. The reorganization of entries and public spaces accommodate the changing conditions and needs of the surrounding Battery Park City neighborhood.
The Winter Garden is surrounded by a new mix of uses, enlivening the grand public space while retaining its signature grand stair. Improvements to the base curtain wall bring more daylight into the building and improve views. The reconfiguration is part of a larger redevelopment of the landmark New York office complex that includes a new retail corridor, outdoor dining along the Hudson River, and a new food marketplace.
Sustainable features resulted from cost-saving architectural and mechanical integrations, including a new and extensive network of radiant floor heating and cooling, high-performance curtainwall elements, and energy efficient lighting. Brookfield Place has remained in full operation during the entire construction period, which began in 2012.