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Since its founding 83 years ago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been known for planning and designing some of New York City’s largest projects. It seems natural, then, that SOM would be involved in three iconic developments on the Far West Side. First is Hudson Yards, the megaproject that has consumed the news in New York City for the past month. SOM’s David Childs, who is known for designing 1 World Trade Center, created a stepped, angular mixed-use tower known as 35 Hudson Yards, which will include a 212-room Equinox-branded hotel, an Equinox health club, restaurants and 153 condominium apartments when it’s complete later this year. Across the street from Related Companies’ seemingly never-ending development is Brookfield’s Manhattan West, where SOM is overseeing two 2-million-square-foot office towers, a residential building with 844 units, 225,000 square feet of retail and a hotel. The north office tower is almost complete, and work is starting on the south tower.
But SOM’s most complex project in the neighborhood is Moynihan Train Hall, which involves converting the former Farley Post Office building across from Pennsylvania Station into a skylight-covered waiting hall for train passengers, retail and office space. . .
On the opposite side of Manhattan, in the East River, SOM also oversaw the master plan for Cornell Tech’s campus on Roosevelt Island . . .
In the Financial District, the firm has helped Fosun revamp the midcentury office tower at 28 Liberty Street, which was originally designed by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft in 1961. . .