While I’ve had several posts now on the Hudson Yards, Related recently had a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg to reveal the design of the first portion of the complex. The design of phase I is fantastic, and will provide an excellent anchor to the development of the entire neighborhood.
|Image uploaded to pbase.com by NYGuy via Skyscraperpage, originally from Related’s Hudson Yards Brochure|
Since the announcement that Coach is tentatively signed on for the project’s southern tower, things have seemed to be moving rather quickly. The new towers are being hailed with general praise, given their designs are a marked departure from the ‘typical glass box’ and much more creative–as if New York’s glass box merged with the almost-completed London Spire.
The quoted height of the two main office towers is 996′ for the shorter and 1,278′ for the taller, meaning they will both make a very significant impact on the New York skyline. While the two towers may stand out shortly after completion, they will soon be joined by Brookfield’s enormous development right next door, as well as various other proposals along 10th Avenue for buildings in excess of 1,000 feet.
In addition to the towers of the Hudson Yards, Related has also planned a major retail component for the base of the buildings, creating a “Time Warner on steroids,” in effect.
|The retail podium, image from Related|
The addition of such a huge amount of space will be sure to revitalize the surrounding area, which is currently dominated by train tracks and auto-body shops. The Time Warner Center was a catalyst for the emergence of Columbus Circle, which has been transformed into one of the most high-end neighborhoods in New York (if nothing else proves it, the city only has five three-star Michelin restaurants; Jean Georges is located in the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Columbus Circle, and both Per Se and Masa are in the Time Warner Center). Hopefully the new anchors to Related’s Hudson Yards will provide a similar catalyst to the revitalization of the immediate neighborhood.
|The new towers at night: Image from Related|
In addition to the two office towers, phase I of the development also provides for the construction of a signature five-star hotel as well as new residential construction. The bulk of the residential development, as well as another significant office building, will come when phase II of the development begins construction.
For more information, you can read Related’s brochure on the project, which provides a comprehensive breakdown of everything down to each square foot.