Yesterday’s news about Neiman Marcus’ decision to anchor Hudson Yards comes with a fresh set of renderings obtained by YIMBY courtesy of Related, depicting larger changes for the site, where plans have seen several prominent revisions.
Besides the removal of 15 Hudson Yards’ corset, 35 Hudson Yards has also been modified, with a curving facade tossed in favor of a bolder, rectilineal form. David Childs is designing, and the building will be the site’s second tallest — at least initially — rising approximately 1,000 feet.
Equinox will occupy the base of the building, which will include a 150-room hotel. One hundred condominiums will sit above, offering some of the best vantage points in the city, perched higher than any other residential proposal below 57th Street (or above Thames).
A crescent-like appearance was initially depicted, and since then, the design has gone through several iterations, the most recent of which was cylindric, echoing the tubular design of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s creation, just to the south. Now, both towers have been streamlined, and refinements seem to have resulted in aesthetic improvements.
YIMBY also has a first look at interior perspectives of the Neiman Marcus, which will occupy 250,000 square feet of the site’s enormous, one million-square foot retail component, spanning between 10 and 30 Hudson Yards. The location will be the store’s first in New York City, and with Nordstrom also opening a flagship at 217 West 57th Street, the city’s retail scene will soon be busier than ever.
Most importantly, Neiman Marcus’ commitment shows that luxury brands are more than willing to locate to the Far West Side, which is well removed from any established retail hub — though when considering the High Line, the location could rapidly evolve into a draw. The heart of the Meatpacking’s shopping core sits at the southern end of the elevated park, which will soon act as a pedestrian expressway, shooting all the way to 34th Street, and funneling tourists and New Yorkers alike into Related’s new neighborhood.
Zooming into a rendering of “The Kitchen” — a space for high-end eateries — reveals a bonus cast of characters, and even Justin Timberlake makes a cameo appearance.
Stepping back outside, The High Line will seamlessly connect with 10 and 15 Hudson Yards, then loop to the west, before ending. An extension from the nub that touches 10th Avenue and 30th Street could branch all the way to Manhattan West, further connecting the park with all the new development in the neighborhood.
While progress on the ground is difficult to gauge given the enormity of the site, things are now moving quickly across the entire Eastern Yards, and while 10 Hudson Yards is currently rising by itself, 15, 30, and 35 are not far behind. With major tenants lining up before opening day, the pedestrian draw is also imminent.
Completion of 15 Hudson Yards is expected in 2017, while the rest of the first phase will wrap up one year later.
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