Hard Rock Hotel’s Glass Façade Closes In on Final Levels at 159 West 48th Street in Times Square

Hard Rock Hotel exterior. Image courtesy of SLCE.

The Hard Rock Hotel’s glass curtain wall is closing in on the final floors of the 35-story project at 159 West 48th Street in Times Square. Developed by Extell and Hard Rock International, the structure made incredible progress over the past few months, reaching its 442-foot-tall parapet in the blink of an eye. The 291,000-square-foot development will contain 446 guest rooms, two entertainment venues, flexible meeting spaces, round-the-clock dining options, a fitness center, and a rooftop lounge. SLCE Architects is the architect of record.

YIMBY visited the site, which is located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, shortly after Extell held the topping out ceremony. The bottom half of the edifice facing West 48th Street has been enclosed in a dark reflective glass envelope. Metal frame studs line the perimeter of the multi-story podium above the tall green sidewalk scaffolding assembly.

159 West 48th Street (left). Photo by Michael Young

159 West 48th Street (left). Photo by Michael Young

159 West 48th Street (left). Photo by Michael Young

The tower can be easily seen from the Times Square pedestrian plazas by the TKTS grandstand.

159 West 48th Street (left). Photo by Michael Young

159 West 48th Street (left). Photo by Michael Young

The upper stories are close to reaching their final form, where a plethora of formwork and scaffolding aid in the setting of the concrete. The crown of the building will be composed of tall blank walls surrounding the mechanical levels, and will be emblazoned with an illuminated Hard Rock logo. Looking up from the western side, one can see the extent to which the glass on the broad northern and southern elevations protrudes from the concrete superstructure.

Construction on the hotel is occurring during one of the most transformative periods in Times Square’s history. The Hard Rock Hotel joins a number of hospitality projects underway at the crossroads, collectively refreshing the look of the neighborhood and bringing a wealth of guest rooms to one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

159 West 48th Street (left) and 145 West 47th Street (right) Photo by Michael Young

The Hard Rock Hotel is planned to be completed by 2022.

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5 Comments on "Hard Rock Hotel’s Glass Façade Closes In on Final Levels at 159 West 48th Street in Times Square"

  1. Not bad.

  2. Nice.

  3. Nice, homeless families waiting to move in under DeBlasio.

    • Communist “di-mon-cratic socialist” mayor new housing projects.

    • Would you rather homeless people live on the streets? A much worse look for the city is to have people and their belongings laying on the sidewalk in filth. If you were homeless I think you would like to be treated like a human being of worth and not cast aside to fend for yourself like a wild animal. Too many people have lost a sense of decency and compassion in this greedy every man for himself country.

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