Tishman Speyer Moves Forward with 64-Story Hudson Yards Office Tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard

Rendering of 66 Hudson Boulevard. Credit: BIG/Tishman Speyer.Rendering of 66 Hudson Boulevard. Credit: BIG/Tishman Speyer.

Last year, Tishman Speyer paid two tenants $25 million to vacate a small apartment on its development site in Hudson Yards. The hefty settlement cleared the way for the commercial real estate developer to build a massive office tower at 509 West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. Now the firm has filed plans for the 64-story building, which has been named “The Spiral” and comes with a second address at 66 Hudson Boulevard.

The 1,005-foot-tall development will rise across the street from an entrance to the new 7 train station and next to Hudson Yards Park. Bjarke Ingels is designing the building, but Adamson Associates Architects applied for the permits. BIG’s vision for the facade involves a series of stepped, landscaped terraces snaking around the tower. Back in February, here’s how Ingels described the design:

“Designed for the people that occupy it, The Spiral ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted work space. The string of terraces wrapping around the building expand the daily life of the tenants to the outside air and light.”

The filing calls for 2.2 million square feet of commercial space. Tishman’s landing page for the project, however, claims the tower will span 2.8 million square feet and include 27,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The main part of the tower will reach 962 feet into the air, but a mechanical bulkhead will probably push the structure to its full height of 1005 feet. Each floor will be “virtually column-free” and come with outdoor space.

Tishman paid $438 million for the site in 2014, and they expect to spend $3.2 billion by the time the project is complete. The developer also expects to receive a 25-year exemption on property taxes worth $170 million, The Real Deal reported in 2014. The Spiral is supposed to open in 2019, not too long after Thomas Heatherwick’s zany, $150 million sculpture arrives in the park next door.

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7 Comments on "Tishman Speyer Moves Forward with 64-Story Hudson Yards Office Tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard"

  1. Evelyn Tully Costa | September 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm |

    If the landscaped spirals were repeated at least 12 more times the building would be a HUGE visual relief.

  2. So the renderings do not show the 40′ mechanical bulkhead at the top? I would like to see how that is intergrated.

  3. Why is Tishman being awarded a 25 year property tax exemption worth 170 million dollars? There is no shortage of office or commercial space in NYC! Wealthy developers should not be given tax incentives to build towers in an overcrowded city.

  4. Whatever (design) into tower on 64-story, there is a total amount of progress.

  5. This is the first provocative and interesting building amongst all the glassy, cliche-ed drek proposed for Hudson Yards. Still far too much glass here as well but relieved by the snaking terraced gardens.

  6. wright Gregson | October 1, 2016 at 8:47 pm |

    who ever does the plantings on this building had better know what he or she is doing!!!! the wind will wreak havoc and maybe even uproot some of the material and rain it down on the streets below.

  7. check out Libeskind’s “Garden Tower” and Roger Ferri’s “A Garden Skyscraper” BIG’s design is derivative of both…..

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