Exterior Work on Journal Squared’s Second and Tallest Tower Nears Completion, in Journal Square

Journal Squared, photo by Michael Young

Curtain wall installation is closing in on the 754-foot-tall pinnacle of 537 Summit Avenue, the second and tallest skyscraper in the three-tower Journal Squared complex in Jersey City. Designed by HWKN/Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects and developed by Kushner Real Estate Group, the buildings stand out dramatically from their isolated position west of downtown.

Photos from around the development show only a handful of floors left to clad before the white envelope reaches the flat roof parapet. 537 Summit Avenue’s height easily eclipses that of its shorter 563-foot-tall, 53-story sibling.

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

537 Summit Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

537 Summit Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared sits directly adjacent to the Journal Square PATH station at the five-point intersection of Summit Avenue, Pavonia Avenue, and Central Avenue. The third and final tower for Journal Squared will eventually rise 60 stories and 633 feet above street level, making it the second-tallest of the trio. This will stand to the northeast of the two superstructures and feature the same exterior finish. A start and completion date for this component has not been announced.

The alignment of all three Journal Squared buildings will be best seen looking north or south. Residents facing east get a panoramic view of the entire Manhattan skyline along with the downtown Jersey City skyline. Those facing south can see the New York harbor, Statue of Liberty, and Verrazano Narrows Bridge, while people looking west will see the sunsets over New Jersey. Northern views show all the towns that line up on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

537 Summit Avenue is expected to be finished sometime in 2021, while all of Journal Squared was last reported to be targeting completion by 2024.

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10 Comments on "Exterior Work on Journal Squared’s Second and Tallest Tower Nears Completion, in Journal Square"

  1. Some very awkward moments in what should be a very simple set of buildings.

    The Kushner connection is awkward as well. I feel no love for that clan.

  2. David in Bushwick | May 19, 2020 at 10:11 am | Reply

    As dull and boring as the First Son-in-Law…

  3. These look like cheap versions of
    432 Park, obviously “designed”
    by a 5 year old with crayons! ?

  4. Please refrain your political comments. They are irrelevant in discussing buildings & architecture..

    • David in Bushwick | May 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm | Reply

      First Amendment (remember that?) and everything is politics.

    • That’s completely wrong, Rob H. As the late Senator Moynihan said, the built environment is the only physical manifestation of applied policy. That makes it extremely political.

  5. JOSEPH KOROM | May 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm | Reply

    First of all what kinds of buildings are these, residential, office, combination etc.? Did I miss something? Also I see no evidence of “political comments” in this article.

  6. Sean Robertson | May 20, 2020 at 9:15 am | Reply

    Others have already covered the political angle, so I will cover a technical angle instead. Be careful with the perspective correction tool in whatever photo editor you use (I use Photoshop and related Adobe products). Multiple of these images have been overcorrected such that the tops of the buildings appear wider than the base. Far better to undercorrect, lest the images end up with a cartoonish quality. Sadly, I see this sort of thing a lot. Of course, I can spot a misplaced pixel at a hundred yards (I’ve been doing design and development full time since 1998 and do tons of photography as well). 😉

  7. Jack Arkitekt | May 24, 2020 at 10:55 am | Reply

    No matter what but Jersey City again is booming town, now thanks for stupid Cuomo and Wilhelm Der Blasio who locked down NYS and NYC!!! You may admit that. NYC population would be down to 7,3 million by 2022, and Blue became Red after that… Or next Detroit as alternative…

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