Façade Work Wrapping Up on 537 Summit Avenue, Journal Squared’s Tallest Tower in Jersey City

Evening rendering of all three towers at Journal Squared - Courtesy of Qualls BensonEvening rendering of all three towers at Journal Squared - Courtesy of Qualls Benson

Exterior work is wrapping up on 537 Summit Avenue, a 754-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Jersey City‘s Journal Squared development and number 18 on our annual end-of-year construction countdown. Designed by HWKN/Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects and developed by Kushner Real Estate Group, the building is the tallest in the three-tower complex.

Recent photos show the curtain wall panels closing in on the final levels on the southeastern elevation, which faces the Hudson River and New York.

Journal Squared. Photo from Instagram page @journalsquare

The narrow sliver in the facade where the exterior hoist was attached has been steadily filled in. The clean and minimalist grid of glass and metal is repeated on all four sides, with a uniform design on all three towers.

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

Perched atop a small hill, the two towers dominate over the vicinity with their asymmetrical silhouettes.

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY’s most dramatic photos of Journal Squared are from the upper floors of Perkins Eastman‘s 99 Hudson Street, which gave a very clear perspective of the project and its isolated position in the inland section of Jersey City. Interestingly, 537 Summit Avenue almost completely obscures its shorter sibling from this angle. The third tower will eventually rise as the second-tallest of the trio and stand directly to the east of 537 Summit Avenue. This building will feature an architectural height of 633 feet with 60 floors. No construction timeline has been announced for this skyscraper.

Journal Squared. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY previously reported that 537 Summit Avenue will be finished sometime in 2021, while the entire Journal Squared was last heard aiming for a 2024 completion deadline.

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11 Comments on "Façade Work Wrapping Up on 537 Summit Avenue, Journal Squared’s Tallest Tower in Jersey City"

  1. Journal Squared is a very cool project. The current duo of buildings just look so epic. However, I do almost feel like another building will start to make Journal Squared a little too much though. And by the way, don’t these buildings look a little like our good friend 432 Park Avenue? ?

  2. David in Bushwick | December 14, 2020 at 9:54 am | Reply

    Yeah, it’s a bad copy of 432 Park Avenue done twice. Hopefully the third tower won’t get built now, or it will look like updated Albert Speer. Maybe that was the intent…

  3. I really like it!

  4. Nice photography

  5. Who will pay millions to live in Journal Square. The environment is squalid. The PATH station is old and dilapidated. The whole neighborhood will need a face-lift before these structures can attract any buyers with money.

    • These are rental buildings and the first tower supposedly leased up pretty quickly a few years ago.

      The Journal Square PATH station isn’t any more squalid than 75% of NYC subway stations.

    • I remember there were so many Matts when the Hudson yards were being built. just dozens of “who wants to live in 10th or 11th ave”

  6. Bring back The Tube bar

  7. Why would I wanna live in such a congested area and the rent is so expensive with no parking by the time there full of tenants…

  8. Just keep going, keep building and make JC the City it always should have been. Public and low income housing do nothing to improve any area anywhere. The Duncan project and Curie Woods project increased thee speed of the distress of those areas where they were built. When Journal Square is finally built out it will be a highly desirable area in which to live, work and exist.

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