The Dattner Architects and WSP-designed Number 7 Subway Line Extension at Hudson Yards Station has been honored with a Merit Award in the Structures category during the inaugural AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure (T+I) Awards. This brand new award program recognizes exceptional design by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania AIA and ASLA members. Award winners reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture.
The first new extension and station added to the New York City subway system in over 25 years, our project extends the Number 7 Subway line from its present terminus at Times Square along 41st Street and then south along Eleventh Avenue. The design for this deep station addresses 21st century passenger safety, comfort, and convenience, as well as the technical system challenges such as egress, power, and ventilation.
Universal design concepts guided passenger circulation, introducing the transit system’s first glass-enclosed inclined elevators, providing ADA access and promoting visual connection and safety among all riders. Open stairways lead from the mezzanine to a 35’ wide, column-less train platform, further enhancing riders’ sense of security and safety.
Glass canopied station entrances are integrated into Hudson Park, and focalize this new public open space that serves Hudson Yards, Javits Convention Center, and the High Line. The Station’s Main Entrance leads to the Upper Mezzanine fare zone and is graced with brilliant public art and abundant natural light. A Secondary Entrance was opened on September 1, 2018 to accommodate the anticipated continued growth of passenger flows. Throughout the Station material choices and color palettes capitalize on indirect lighting to produce glowing architectural form.
The extension provides a new station at 34th Street, new station entrances onto public plazas, and four supporting systems buildings that provide power, ventilation, and egress for the station and the running tunnel portions of the line extension. This major infrastructure upgrade has spurred what is being called the largest development in the U.S.: Hudson Yards. More than 50 million square feet of development is anticipated.
An integral part of New York City Department of City Planning’s redevelopment plan for the far west side of Manhattan, the 34 Street-Hudson Yards Station exemplifies how modern transit facilities can be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve.