Reinforced Concrete Core of Norman Foster’s 50 Hudson Yards Rises Above Street Level, in Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards50 Hudson Yards, along Tenth Avenue. Credit: Related-Oxford

Renown architect Norman Foster’s office skyscraper at 50 Hudson Yards is beginning to rise above street level. With 2.9 million square feet of floor space, it will be the largest commercial office building by square footage in the first phase of Hudson Yards, as well as the final structure in part one of Related Companies’ master plan. The site is bound by West 33rd Street, West 34th Street, Tenth Avenue, and Eleventh Avenue. The future 1,011-foot-tall tower sits across the street from 30 Hudson Yards, while construction on 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral by Bjarke Ingels Group is also underway to the north. Oxford Properties and Mitsui Fudosan are the other two developers for the Foster + Partners-designed project.

Recent photos show the massive, rectangular-shaped reinforced core beginning to ascend.

Looking northeast from the public plaza. The cranes at the site of The Spiral blend in with the cranes for 50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

The view of 35 Hudson Yards will eventually be blocked once 50 Hudson Yards reaches its full height. Seen from the southern corner of 34th Street and Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The reinforced concrete core is already impressively large in scale. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from the northern corner of the site. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from the western corner of the site. Photo by Michael Young

Assemblage of the steel floor and perimeter should start this summer, once the core gets a little higher up. The site is located directly to the east of the escalators that connect to the 7 train platform. Norman Foster’s project will extend the cluster of buildings in the Hudson Yards district to the north. The best vantage point to see the changing cityscape and the wide expanse of the Midtown skyline is from across the Hudson River, along the Weehawken waterfront.

50 Hudson Yards is expected to be completed around 2022.

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18 Comments on "Reinforced Concrete Core of Norman Foster’s 50 Hudson Yards Rises Above Street Level, in Hudson Yards"

  1. Please pardon my using of your space: epic vista finally filled to its fullest extent (Thank you David).

  2. Please pardon me for stinking up the place: Rendering, beautiful, Design, Word salad and mumbo jumbo. (You’re welcome David).

  3. Jack Liberman | June 18, 2019 at 10:54 am | Reply

    Epic office construction scale,
    50 Hudson Yards, 3 Hudson Blvd, 66 Hudson Blvd, 99 Hudson Blvd. All under construction now, and in “full steam”. 6 tower cranes in one place!!! Crane Up New York!!! Go Ahead and Make America Great Again!!!

    • Make America great again? Is it therefore not great now or at some previous time. To suggest that America has not been great at any time is surely treasonous!

      • Jack Liberman | June 25, 2019 at 4:25 am | Reply

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        Sorry but now we are years behind of Being Great Again, and able to respond simultaneously attacks from China and Russia!!!
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        I hope you understand that. That’s why Socialism is a Worst Evil, the work of Satan’s itself!!!

    • MAGA vomit+

  4. David in Bushwick | June 18, 2019 at 11:24 am | Reply

    Are they going to be able to fill all of these glass boxes?

    • Major tenants already signed. These are not spec projects.

      • Jack Liberman | June 25, 2019 at 4:33 am | Reply

        David in Bushwick is a troll, this projects already filled up, NYC have tons of well worn offices who are unattractive for new lease and lease renewals, so they are willing to relocate, and in order to keep this office jobs in NYC we must built such glassy projects in the sky, as taller as we can!!! We already lost Amazon 25-45,000 potential jobs for benefits stupidity of JVB and AOC and our Mayor socialist Utopian ideas!!!

  5. Norman Foster has designed many striking buildings. Why is this one so dull?

    • Howard Miller | June 18, 2019 at 8:05 pm | Reply

      Hear! Hear!

      Yep, agree 100%

      Compared to his other buildings, this one’s a dud.

      Maybe there’s some sort of curse afflicting Hudson Yards given how many incredibly ugly buildings are being built there – yet across town on Park Avenue is where the dynamic architecture party seems to be now!

  6. My main concern is whether sidewalks will be large enough to accommodate rush hour crowds. The most unpleasant aspect of walking around Midtown is that you have to constantly dodge and maneuver your way around if you want to walk at a reasonable speed. My concern is that pedestrians will have this same problem around Hudson Yards.

    • Howard Miller | June 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Reply

      What about the complete dearth of mass transit what with just the crosstown 7 train, and bus service (M12) so infrequent, it’s practically useless?

      Just wondering.

      • Jack Liberman | June 25, 2019 at 4:36 am | Reply

        Don’t worry, ever know that Penn Station is just in short walking distance??? And 6 Subway lines here too, plus 6 more one block on Sixth, sure you are out of townee, right???

  7. This looks like “cut and paste” architecture to me – if it can even really be called architecture. Sir Norman seems to be phoning in designs. Either that or maybe the office janitor did this one.

  8. A clumsy, clunky, featureless clod of nothing. No grace, no style, it’s an architectural dead zone.

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