Concrete Core of Norman Foster’s 50 Hudson Yards Approaches the Halfway Mark, in Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards, along Tenth Avenue. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies Oxford Properties

The reinforced concrete core of 50 Hudson Yards is approaching the midpoint of its ascent to the supertall’s 1,011-foot parapet. Designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by Oxford Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, the skyscraper will be the largest structure by volume in the first phase of Related Companies‘ Hudson Yards master plan, yielding 2.9 million square feet.

Recent photos show the building’s core continuing to climb ahead of the assembly of the steel superstructure.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

A setback on the western end of the core is visible, while the formwork continues to ascend with every completed level. The fireproofing process is progressing on the steel frame, with several floors above the full-block podium now sprayed in the white coating.

Meanwhile, the finished look of the curtain wall is beginning to be revealed, as the first strip of glass and stone paneling has been installed above the ground floor. There are minor streaks of marble veins embedded in the gray-colored slabs, which form a grid between the reflective glass panels. Installation of the façade began in the spring but has been stalled for some time. It is unclear when this work will resume.

50 Hudson Yards, seen between Manhattan West and 55 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

The western setback on the core of 50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

The stone slabs for 50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards is rising directly across the street from The Spiral by Bjarke Ingels Group, which has been ascending in step with Foster’s design. The skyscrapers will culminate in flat roof parapets of similar height, with just a 20-foot disparity in favor of the Spiral. Together they will extend the skyline of Hudson Yards to the north, where most of the surrounding properties consist of old low-rise buildings, empty lots, and exposed rail lines.

50 Hudson Yards will likely finish sometime in 2022.

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8 Comments on "Concrete Core of Norman Foster’s 50 Hudson Yards Approaches the Halfway Mark, in Hudson Yards"

  1. Just look at the photo from across the river that shows the entire Hudson Yards skyline. Absolutely beautiful.
    As for 50 Hudson Yards, I do think it is not the best Hudson Yards building, mainly because of its simplicity, in comparison to the others. However, it does not mean that it is bad, since most of the other skyscrapers of Hudson Yards are quite complicated and boast lots of different angles and design elements. Because of that, 50 Hudson Yards gives the area a little break from all the others and gives excellent diversity.

  2. Randall Cummings | June 29, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Reply

    Massive, How many billions of dollars is being invested in Hudson Yards? Also kudo’s to Mr. Young I never see worker’s dose he photograph on Sunday’s ? They say there are no stupid questions just stupid answers. So here goes where did the trains go ? I’am a inquisitive person.

    • David in Bushwick | June 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm | Reply

      They built a massive lid over the tracks while in use. This is just part of a much larger development.
      So much office space to fill…

    • Randall Cummings | June 30, 2020 at 4:39 pm | Reply

      Thankyou David for your answer ! Amazing what can be done. Imagine how amazing these feats and others could benefit all.

  3. Michael D. Skelly | June 29, 2020 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    2.9 million square feet, handsome facade, if they finish soon, ever one will want apts. starting at 21 million, good luck on that,Hudson Yards may turn it to a large, large, FOLLY….

  4. BadArchitectureInNYC | June 30, 2020 at 9:14 am | Reply

    Such a boring collection of buildings – bulky and boxy, similar in their cladding and similar in height. Other than 30HY, many lost opportunities.

  5. Randall Cummings | June 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm | Reply

    Jersey will be getting the skyline.

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