Excavation & Foundation Work Make Headway for Norman Foster-Designed 50 Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards50 Hudson Yards, with 30 Hudson Yards (at right) and the No. 7 Subway. Credit: Related-Oxford

Work on Hudson Yards’ largest commercial office tower is continuing apace at 50 Hudson Yards. Located across the street to the north of 30 Hudson Yards, the last site under construction as part of Related’s Phase I sits along Tenth Avenue and West 34th Street. It is being designed by architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, and is currently the ninth-tallest being built in New York City. Related Companies, Oxford Properties, and Mitsui Fudosan are the developers for this project.

The perimeter foundations walls on the western edge are wrapping up, while work on the foundations has already commenced on the eastern half of the property. The core walls and formation of the lower floors have already begun to rise. When topped-off, the project will be taller than 10, 15, 35 and 55 Hudson Yards, and will be the second tallest behind 30 Hudson Yards.

Overview of 50 Hudson Yards, photo by Harry Rivera

The current plan calls for a 1,011 foot tall skyscraper with 2.9 million square feet of space, after several design revisions over the past few years. 50 Hudson Yards was initially planned to rise 984 feet, just making minimum supertall status. The windows on the east and west elevations are evenly divided among a rectangular three-by-twelve diagrid of vertical and horizontal beams. The north and south facades will be broken up by multiple vertical strips of reflective metal panels that will cover the perimeter columns.

One critical aspect about this particular supertall is its close proximity to the north wall of 30 Hudson Yards. Separated by a future extension of West 33rd Street, it will be the only street running east and west to bisect through Phase I and Phase II of Hudson Yards. Because of the street’s narrow width, a canyon of glass will be created between the two supertalls. This is why the massing of 50 Hudson Yards includes two setbacks on the west elevation, to offset the tower from the angled profile of 30 Hudson Yards, as seen in the renderings below.

50 Hudson Yards, image via Related

Hudson Yards, image via Related

Completion of 50 Hudson Yards is expected around 2022.

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