Construction is climbing at 555 West 38th Street, a 570-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Hudson Yards. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by Rockrose with SLCE as the architect of record, the 52-story structure is rising directly across Eleventh Avenue from the ongoing expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center. The property will contain 598 rental units.
Recent photographs show the state of work at the site, which is located between West 38th Street and West 39th Street. The reinforced concrete superstructure has reached the eighth floor, and steel rebar for the next level of perimeter columns can be seen protruding upward. The yellow safety railings continue to rise with every completed floor, while a concrete boom pump is perched atop the superstructure to help pour the reinforced concrete slabs, columns, and inner walls.
Given the fairly orthodox shape of the rectangular levels, the tower should rise fairly quickly. The repetitive process will continue until the first and only setback, which is positioned around the midpoint of the edifice. From there, the skyscraper will continue upward with about half the floor area until reaching its flat parapet. The main rendering shows two curtain wall designs split down the middle from the ground floor to the northern setback.
Pelli’s design is one of a number of tall buildings underway that are transforming this formerly underdeveloped part of Midtown. Though it won’t have the prominence of the towers that make up the central core of Hudson Yards, 555 West 38th Street’s skyscraper status will nonetheless contribute to the growing density of the new neighborhood. The closest subway is the 7 train, a six-minute walk to the south between 50 Hudson Yards and 55 Hudson Yards.
555 West 38th Street is expected to be finished in the fall of 2022.