New West Side Story is a large conglomerate inserted in an historic industrial building, St. Johns, located on the edge of the west side of Manhattan. It consists of two separated vertical towers with different programs. One is a hotel and another is a media company: VIACOM’s headquarter office including studios. By adding two bridges — on the top and bottom, which contains public and shared programs between the hotel and VIACOM — the tower obtains its rectangular donut shape. Having a typological analogy with Pier 40 beyond the highway that had a close relationship with the St. Johns building during city’s industrial periods in the early 1900s, this project makes iconic urban scenery, binding it against urban edges and a waterfront pier area where vivid public developments are underway by the city government.
New West Side Story was processed during Cornell’s Integrative Design Studio at AAP NYC. Co-authors: Namsuk Oh, Taewoo Kang.
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