Brookfield Place is an inspiring public destination for Lower Manhattan’s next generation

New York, NY, USA

Lower Manhattan today is a transformed place — a modern 24/7 neighborhood with vibrant residential life and diverse companies in tech, publishing, and creative services thriving alongside financial firms. In response to this profound shift in the post-9/11 world, we joined in exceptional collaboration with a team of architects, engineers, developers, and contractors to collectively reimagine the future of the landmark formerly known as the World Financial Center.

square feet of reconfiguration and new construction
The original 1988 World Financial Center second-floor plan. 
The reconfigured second-floor plan. 
Tower Four at Brookfield Place before (left) and after (right).
“Brookfield Place is an active participant and contributor to this thriving neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Each aspect of this revitalization project reconnects the building with a transformed community.”— Rafael Pelli, FAIA, LEED AP
Brookfield Place interior before (left) and after (right).
Light pours in throughout, an ever-changing world of shadows and sun throughout the day.
Brookfield Place courtyard entry before (left) and after (right).
With soaring views of the Hudson River and North Cove Marina, the Winter Garden is a popular community space for performances and exhibitions.
“Beyond responding to the commercial and overall community changes, each design decision creates a lighter, brighter, and more inviting destination, starting with the new Pavilion — a grand, glowing gateway to Battery Park City and the Hudson that reaches back to the heart of Lower Manhattan.” — Craig Copeland, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

The Pavilion at Brookfield Place reflects Lower Manhattan’s transformative spirit

The striking glass Pavilion is the new front door to Brookfield Place, home to destination shopping, chef-driven restaurants, and the Winter Garden — one of New York’s iconic public rooms. Transparent and inviting, the Pavilion is seamlessly connected with its surroundings, offering an inspiring entryway to Lower Manhattan’s bustling transportation hub. This welcoming public space reflects our resiliency as a culture, embodying an uplifting sense of grace and vitality. At night, the Pavilion glows softly, a comforting beacon-like presence in the neighborhood.

This Pavilion (left) is a transformation from the former sky bridge (right), destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
Photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley / Arkansas Office.

Envisioning creative solutions for a challenging site

Positioned directly over the PATH train tunnel, the Pavilion is a severely constricted site with limited locations for structural support foundations. We collaborated with our engineering partners to create an expressive gateway composed of two fifty-four-foot steel basket columns that support the entire Pavilion. Graceful and tree-like, the twin columns mirror each other, their outer tubes spiraling in opposite directions. The intricate basketlike pattern is expressive and dynamic as light changes throughout the day.

The Pavilion’s outstretched basket columns are a resonating visual connection with the Winter Garden’s palm trees.
From the Pavilion, six high-speed escalators connect to public transit hubs and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
daily commuters

More About the Project

Project Team

Project Collaborators

  • Architect of Record: SpectorGroup (Pavilion & Reconfiguration)
  • Retail Architect: Morrison Dillworth & Walls (Reconfiguration)
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti (Pavilion & Reconfiguration)
  • MEP: WSP (Pavilion & Reconfiguration)
  • Lighting Design: Kugler Ning Lighting Design (Pavilion)
  • Lighting Designer: Tillotson Design Associates (Reconfiguration)

Project Information

  • Location: New York, New York, USA
  • Client: Brookfield Properties
  • Size (Pavilion): 7,800 sq. ft. / 725 sq. m.
  • Size: (Reconfiguration) +500,000 sq. ft. / +46,500 sq. m.
  • Completion Date (Pavilion): 2013
  • Completion Date (Reconfiguration): 2021
  • Firm Role: Design Architect


  • 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Merit Award
  • 2014 ENR Award of Merit
  • 2014 Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) (Platinum – second highest honor)
  • 2015 IESNA Award of Merit
  • 2015 New York Section of Illuminating Engineering Society – Lumen Award of Excellence
  • 2016 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Development - Excellence in Repositioning or Redevelopment
  • Project Photography: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

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