It’s been over five years since groundbreaking occurred for the Hudson Yards mega-development. Today, phase one appears all but complete, and is increasingly hard to miss on the overall Manhattan skyline. Stretching over 26 acres and costing $25 billion, the full site will become the largest planned development in the country’s history.
At street level, the gardens will open up to the public later next year. The buildings will follow suit soon after. Not much time is left before the freshly minted neighborhood begins to buzz with pedestrian activity, and last week, YIMBY toured 15 Hudson Yards and the public square to see the progress made on-site.
We visited on a pleasant day, and found several art installations around 10 Hudson Yards to have engaged and attracted plenty of foot traffic.
That includes the “Prelude To The Shed”, and an “Art on the Plaza” program that currently exhibits two interactive pieces by Yoko Ono and Jon Burgerman.
After years of waiting for the historic development to rise, it’s exciting to get to visit the top of 15 Hudson Yards. Amazingly, only the first phase of the site is nearing completion. The train yard to its west will soon host seven additional buildings spanning another 6.22 million square feet, along with an expansion to the public gardens.
Phase one consists of six towers, the Shed, and a five-acre public square.
10 Hudson Yards has been open for business since 2016, the site for 50 Hudson Yards is being rapidly excavated, three towers are nearly topped out, and 30 Hudson Yards is settling into its role as Manhattan’s sharpest crown jewel. Both 10 and 30 Hudson Yards were designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The 88-story 15 Hudson Yards peaks 910 feet above ground, creating 285 market-rate condominiums and 106 affordable housing units. Diller Scofidio + Renfro has worked with the Rockwell Group to design the project. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development.
The tower is most unique for its curved four-leaf-clover crown. With the tower topped-out and the façade just five levels away from completion, the indentations are becoming increasingly pronounced.
From the rooftop of 15 Hudson Yards, One Manhattan West looks particularly tall. The superstructure has grown several floors above 15 Hudson Yards’ 910-foot tall vantage point, on its way toward a 995-foot tall pinnacle. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP are responsible for designing the office building, with Brookfield leading Manhattan West’s development.
35 Hudson Yards is the second supertall in the area to be designed by the 82-year old SOM. There has been no significant progress since our last update in early May. The next update will come with the tower’s topping out, which should be soon. It will imminently rise 1,009 feet, and yield 1.05 million square feet for commercial offices, hotel rooms, and residential apartments.
The tallest tower of the lot, the site’s equivalent of a steeple, has some interesting characteristics when observed from above. From 15 Hudson Yards, 30 Hudson Yards almost blends into its surroundings thanks to the reflective curtainwall.
The observation deck is nearly complete, with just a couple sections awaiting installation. That includes the glass floor. The structure still awaits topping out, but there’s not much room left to grow.
Looking to the south, 15 Hudson Yards has one of the best angles from any tower to compare the scale of Lower Manhattan with New Jersey.
Looking toward 57th Street, 220 CPS appears almost finished, Central Park Tower is rocketing to its record-setting pinnacle, 111 West 57th Street is now rising above the 756-foot tall Carnegie Tower, and 53W53 remains all-but-topped out.
Meanwhile, way over by the Manhattan Bridge, One Manhattan Square is quietly being sealed up. As façade work moves upward, the development is settling into its role as the beacon of the Lower East Side. Check out our visit to OMS to read more about it.
The entire development has been designed to entice the rest of the city and world to want to visit. This is perhaps best exemplified by Vessel, a futuristic 150-foot tall free-to-access public landmark that has not been value-engineered. Heatherwick Studio, responsible for the design, described the piece as, “one of the most complex pieces of steelwork ever made.”
With a price tag estimated to be around $200 million, it’s intended to be the centerpiece that attracts and amazes people. It’s a rare example of architecture from our era whose sole purpose is to inspire awe from everyone. The structurally painted steel is covered by polished copper-colored steel skin that resists oxidization, meaning the color will remain vibrant for a long time.
Close to the base, Vessel’s 50-foot diameter appears shockingly narrow. From the bottom, it quickly flowers outward, expanding to a diameter of 150 feet up at the top.
The surrounding gardens will house over 28,000 plants, and 200 matured trees, woodland plants, and perennials. Once finished, nearly a mile of garden seating walls will provide for the enormous flow of individuals expected for the area. Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects are responsible for the landscaping design.
The Shed is a $500 million six-story cultural center connected to the gardens and the High Line. It will be New York City’s first and only arts center dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting new work in a plethora of art genres, including performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture events.
Seating capacity ranges from 1,250 to 3,000 individuals and is connected to a 30,000 square foot exhibition space. The building is one of the most futuristic additions to the neighborhood, as the exposed steel diagrid encasement for the public space is an eight million pound movable shell on a track. Diller Scofidio + Renfro joined with Rockwell Group in designing the space. CEO Alex Poots is the Artistic Director. It is expected to open to the public in spring of 2019.
As for Fifteen Hudson Yards, occupancy is expected by the end of the year.