Construction is nearing topping out at 550 Washington Street, Google’s 1.3 million-square-foot office in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the facility will join two other nearby structures at 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street to form a 1.7 million-square-foot hub dubbed the “Googleplex.” The site is bound by West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation offices.
Recent photos show the tremendous amount of progress that has occurred since YIMBY’s last update in late February, when partial demolition for the massive St. John’s Terminal was still underway.
Work on the extensive floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall for the multi-level expansion has not begun yet, and won’t commence until the ongoing fireproofing of the steel frame is finished. The exterior of the terminal is covered in black netting and scaffolding. A one-story extension of 550 Washington Street is depicted in the main rendering and appears to be in the process of being structurally assembled. An outdoor landscaped rooftop terrace will cap the relatively flat parapet.
The northern profile of the building is depicted to be enclosed in a glass envelope with a tight grid of dark mullions. The transparent fenestration is set back from West Houston Street to partially leave one open-air column of industrial windows on the eastern and western sides of the old terminal superstructure. This also makes room for a decorative steel canopy made of multiple girders that cantilevers above the ground-floor entrance. Overhanging shrubbery and greenery are scattered among the setbacks, the exposed steel elements, the edges of the floor plates, and sidewalks.
YIMBY last reported that 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street are slated to open in 2020, while 550 Washington Street is slated to finish in May 2022.