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 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.