Rogers' work is based on a preliminary plan by HOK, which proposed to supplement the building by J.M. Pei, among other things, with a huge "green" roof, on which the park is supposed to be laid out.
The new project adds more detail to the $ 1.7 billion redevelopment scheme. The inner space of the complex will be rebuilt (and completed) according to a free plan, with the main attention paid to the smooth "flow" of one room into another, using glass walls as partitions. Conference rooms will be improved, a huge exhibition space and the largest ballroom in the city will appear.
The northern facade will be two blocks longer, it will be closed by a curtain wall with a total length of 300 m and a height of 40 m. A canopy supported by slender supports will protrude 24 m in front of it. Thus, an open public space with landscaping, cafes and shops will be created, designed to revive a rather gloomy area.
Behind the glass wall, a single lobby with a depth of 36 m is planned, into which transparent elevator shafts and stairwells will be taken out. Thus, everything that happens inside the building will be visible from the street, giving pedestrians a feeling of eternal movement and activity.
In addition to additional space for assembly halls and household needs, the complex will include a hotel for participants in conferences and conventions held at the Center. Her project is still in development.
Construction should begin in September this year and end in 2010.