REX signs up for $200 million Manhattan West renovation

19 February 2014

New York-based architecture and design firm REX is to transform an ageing distribution centre in Manhattan's West Side into a glittering lighthouse over the rail tracks leading into Penn Station.

REX will oversee the renovation of the building at 450 West 33rd Street into an office building, reports ARCHITECT Weekly. During a press conference, REX principal Joshua Prince-Ramus noted that the structure had earned the nickname the 'Tyrell Building' after the infamous structure featured in the 1982 film Blade Runner.

Re-clad in tilted glass with ground-level landscaping by James Corner Field Operations, the building, which was built in the late 1960s, will have a more inviting façade when its $200 million makeover is complete in 2016.

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