New renderings lay giant plaza over Penn Station pandemonium

Plaza Plans

New renderings lay giant plaza over Penn Station pandemonium

Vornado Realty Trust, one of New York City’s biggest landlords, has just released renderings from New York–based Kenneth Park Architects (KPA) that reimagine the streets surrounding Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.

While Snøhetta was tapped last year to master-plan the area, other firms have been hired to supplement Snøhetta’s work. Vornado commissioned KPA to master plan the 1,270,000-square-foot area, which is now a chaotic blast of commuters, ambling tourists, vehicle traffic, and dense street-level retail that sees some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in the city. Renderings suggest that redevelopment will reposition retail, bring the plaza improvements to-grade, and funnel foot traffic to and from Madison Square Garden at a diagonal midblock.

Penn Station plaza
Looking east on 33rd Street. (Kenneth Park Architect for Vornado Realty Trust)

The plaza is intended to compliment Vornado’s One and Two Penn Plaza, the conjoined 4.2 million-square-foot office complex. Two Penn Plaza, with its frilly glass-and-steel petticoat, will be designed by BIG.

Along with the city and the 34th Street Partnership, VNO is working to revamp public spaces. Last year, the developer brought in W Architecture & Landscape Architecture to design Plaza33 on 33rd Street between 7th and 8th avenues. The pilot was extended this year with new landscaping and a colorful painted street.