Work is continuing on the pilings for 601 West 29th Street, the site of a 695-foot-tall residential skyscraper and the 28th tallest building currently under construction in New York City. Located at the corner of West 29th Street and Eleventh Avenue on the border of Hudson Yards and the rising High Line-adjacent developments of West Chelsea, the project is designed by FXCollaborative and developed by Douglaston Development. The 58-story structure is also known as Tower A in a two-building development on the rectangular parcel.
Photos taken from the third phase of the High Line show the ongoing work on the foundations, where a number of pilings are already hammered and driven into the earth.
It is interesting to note that not much of the ground had to be excavated. The top of the metal pilings appear to rest only several feet below street level. Meanwhile, a substantial amount of excavated dirt has been piled into mounds in the middle of the site for 606 West 30th Street, aka Tower B. This could be the first sign of work underway on this separate project site.
The design in the rendering for Tower A shows two interlocking and intersecting volumes conjoined at the corner of the parcel with a large grid imposed onto a glass curtain wall. A low-rise podium will make up the base, while the structure culminates in a flat roof parapet. 601 West 29th Street sits to the south of the Related Companies’ future site for the second phase of Hudson Yards. The closest subway is the 7 train with the nearest entrance situated between Norman Foster’s 50 Hudson Yards and Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 55 Hudson Yards.
Completion of 601 West 29th Street is posted on the construction fence for September 2023.