Reimagining the Madison Square Garden by Woods Bagot

Reimagining the Madison Square Garden

Reimagining the Madison Square GardenThe report, Madison Square Garden and the Future of West Midtown, examines the question of whether the arena should remain in place or be built anew on another site. It follows the first report by the Alliance for a New Penn Station, Penn 2023, which outlined a new vision for a thriving new district west of Manhattan’s Midtown area.
Reimagining the Madison Square GardenAt Municipal Arts Society (MAS) and RPA’s invitation, Woods Bagot, along with Grimshaw and KPF, conducted a months-long analysis and design study to reimagine the future relationship between Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and the larger West Midtown area. Woods Bagot’s proposal uses strategic interventions to keep an enhanced and expanded Madison Square Garden in its current location while re-establishing Penn Station as a world-class transit center and introducing vitalizing street-level connections and uses.
Reimagining the Madison Square GardenThe proposal removes the Garden’s 5,000-seat theatre on Eighth Avenue to make room for a grand entry hall—as large as Grand Central Terminal’s main waiting hall —facing west toward the historic Farley Post Office, the future Moynihan Station. The multi-level, glass-enclosed expansion, flows around the arena and 2 Penn Plaza tower, framing a second, east-facing entry hall on Seventh Avenue and bringing street-activating retail and dining to the block’s north and south edges.
Reimagining the Madison Square GardenThe four-story-tall expansion mirrors the civic scale of the Farley Post Office, recalling the cornice line of the historic Pennsylvania Station, and supports a new rooftop public garden. The arena, which gains additional program space as part of the expansion, is clad in reclaimed timber to complete the “new” Garden. Ultimately, the proposal illuminates the tradeoffs of this less costly approach that preserves the investments in the Garden and Penn Station.
Reimagining the Madison Square GardenUnder this proposal, the arena’s floor remains several stories above grade, which adds to the Garden’s operation costs and constrains its use. In addition, a new location for the well-used theater is unresolved. Yet, though not a panacea, the strategy achieves many critical goals: endowing Penn Station with a fitting civic identity, significantly enhancing the passenger experience and remaking Madison Square Garden as a catalyzing centerpiece for a new district. Source by Woods Bagot.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *