New Look: Related’s 15 Hudson Yards

15 Hudson Yards15 Hudson Yards, new on left, old on right, image by Related

Plans for the individual buildings of Related’s Hudson Yards have continued to evolve, and a new rendering shows an apparent redesign of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group’s 15 Hudson Yards, which will house condominiums in the tower portion, and a “Culture Shed” in the podium.

Modifications to the tower’s form have not been significant, with the building retaining its warped, multi-cylindric appearance, but detailing has been partially eliminated. Visual evidence of the tower’s inspiration — said to be derived from a corset — seems to have been lost, as the straps that formerly cinched “the tower at its midsection, squeezing the rectilinear lower half of the building into a curvaceous upper half” have been eliminated.

15 Hudson Yards

15 Hudson Yards, image by Related

Nevertheless, the project will verge on iconic for both design and usage, with said “Culture Shed” vying as a central location for Fashion Week. Its crystalline appearance will offer a positive contrast against the streamlined fuselage above.

Despite the latest changes, 15 Hudson Yards will still be unique amongst the new skyscrapers rising on the Far West Side. The largest office towers at Hudson Yards and Manhattan West are decidedly angular, and the rhythmic curves of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s contribution to the Eastern Railyards will distinguish the building against its companions, offering a softer take on high-rise design.

The building will stand 910 feet and 70 stories tall, and even compared to giants like Time Warner’s future headquarters, 15 Hudson Yards will be prominent in its own right. The tower will be home to 250 condominiums and rentals, and the total floor area will measure 960,000 square feet.

Completion is set for 2018.

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