Economic slowdown be damned, Brookfield Properties is moving full steam ahead on its gigantic Manhattan West office park on the west side rail yards that aren't quite the West Side Rail Yards. The company has enlisted the services of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill?the same firm behind the two signature towers of Brookfield's Hudson Yards bid?to design two more huge office towers for Manhattan West, which, confusingly, is just to the east. At top right, a rendering of the new buildings, as well as a refresher on the hypothetical One and Two Hudson Place at Hudson Yards. Our initial gut reaction was that SOM is being lazy, but then we realized the genius. Now Brookfield has to win the development rights for Hudson Yards, just so the design becomes contextual.
· Brookfield Taps SOM for Other West Side Rail Yards [The Real Estate]
· Brookfield Births 'Manhattan West' on Hudson Yards' Doorstep [Curbed]
· Yardsmania #1: Brookfield Properties Goes Splittsville [Curbed]