Excavation is progressing for Disney’s 1.2 million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Alternately addressed as Four Hudson Square, the site will give rise to a 22-story, 320-foot-tall superstructure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed in partnership with Silverstein Properties. Disney purchased the full-block parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million, and Skanska completed demolition of the four structures on the site during the summer. Lendlease is in charge of constructing the new building.
Recent photos show the state of excavation at the site, which is bound by Vandam Street to the north, Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, and Hudson Street to the west. The perimeter is surrounded by a number of large warehouse buildings, most of them renovated into contemporary office space. There are several excavators working at different elevation points and we can see part of the retaining walls on the northern and southern ends exposed. Crews started to dig from the middle and are working toward the eastern and western edges of the land.
As rendered, the building will feature a symmetrical pair of 320-foot-tall towers connected by a large podium. A series of setbacks will provide outdoor terraces for occupants, while the exterior envelope is to be composed of pale green terracotta panels, bronze finishes, and floor-to-ceiling glass. Inside the mammoth building will be multiple film and production studios, office space, and ground-floor retail.
No official completion date has been announced.