Today, YIMBY has the first look at The Walt Disney Company’s future headquarters in Hudson Square. The development will be located at 137 Varick Street and will consist of a pair of 19-story buildings. Demolition is currently underway at the site, and several more structures will also need to be cleared to make way for the mass media company. YIMBY last reported on the property back in late September, noting the project will be formally addressed as Four Hudson Square. Skidmore Owings & Merrill is the designer of the project and Skanska is in charge of the on-site demolition activity.
The elevation in the rendering above shows one of the two edifices, with the profile indicating modest height. The façade is composed of a grid of floor-to-ceiling windows, and varying setbacks that make way for landscaped outdoor terraces and culminate in a flat roof parapet. It remains to be seen whether this will be the final iteration or if the design will change before construction begins, although the image comes from construction sources working on the project.
Disney purchased the site from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million and can construct a potential 1.2 million square feet of newly built space under a 99-year agreement. Retail space is set to sit on the first floor, with offices beginning on the third floor. ABC and WABC News, production space, and television studios for The View and Live With Kelly and Ryan are also set to be housed inside the property. Disney and ABC are currently located on the Upper West Side along West 66th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
Start and completion dates to the new headquarters have not been announced yet.