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.
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 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.