YIMBY went to check in on the progress of demolition and excavation for Disney’s new 1.2-million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street, aka Four Hudson Square, in Lower Manhattan. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed in partnership with Silverstein Properties, the 22-story building is slated to stand 320 feet tall. Skanska is overseeing the demolition process for the Hudson Square property, which Disney purchased from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million.
Photos around the full-block parcel show the vast extent of activity occurring simultaneously.
The project requires the demolition of four buildings. Three low-rise structures have already been completely torn down and cleared, and equipment is actively excavating the site and metal pilings are being driven into the ground. The last and largest structure is still standing on the western half of the rectangular property, addressed as 304 Hudson Street. The brick building is covered in black netting and scaffolding as crews gradually disassemble the structure from the top down.
Renderings show two 320-foot-tall towers that rise from a massive podium section that spans the entire block. Multiple setbacks provide outdoor terraces for occupants, and the exterior is clad in pale green terracotta panels and a bronze curtain wall, both chosen to contextually blend with the surrounding neighborhood.
The site is located near the Holland Tunnel and is bound by Varick Street, Vandam Street, Spring Street, and Hudson Street. It also sits diagonally to the north of the 42-story Dominick Hotel. The building will contain multiple film and production studios, office space, and ground-floor retail that reportedly will not be occupied by a Disney-related tenant. The closest subway is the 1 train at the intersection of Houston Street and Varick Street to the north, while the C and E trains are found at the Spring Street subway station to the southeast.
Demolition on the final edifice should likely wrap up in the spring, while a completion date for the new headquarters has not been publicly announced yet.