New Look: 520 West 30th Street

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YIMBY featured a peek at Related’s 520 West 30th Street earlier this year, and now, we have a better rendering of the project, courtesy of the on-site signage. The tower’s architect of record is Ismael Leyva, and it will stand 28 stories tall, with 174 apartments.

The first DOB filings for the project arrived this past March, and indicate a total area of 207,334 square feet. 520 West 30th Street will be visually similar to the Abington at 500 West 30th Street, which sits across the High Line and was only recently completed.

520 West 30th Street departs from its Robert A.M. Stern-designed neighbor in subtle ways, though both buildings employ façades that are largely brick. Ismael Leyva’s addition will have two chief setbacks, and in between, a sliver of glass will bisect the brick elements.

The building’s design has apparently changed since it was depicted in Hudson Yards background imagery, and the envelope has become more rectangular, ditching a polygonal rooftop component. The cladding has also become more streamlined, with floors visually separated in blocks of three.

Across the street, construction is progressing at 10 Hudson Yards, and the towers at 15, 30, and 35 Hudson Yards are also planned to begin rising soon. The tipster who sent in the photo noted that on-site activity was still lacking at 520 West 30th Street, but even though work has not yet begun, it should still open around 2016, the same time as its northern neighbors.

The lot was formerly used as a staging site for 500 West 30th Street as well as an affordable building at 529 West 29th Street, but now that construction is complete at both of those developments, equipment is being removed from 520 West 30th Street and excavation would appear imminent.

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