Construction passes the halfway mark at 555 West 38th Street, a 570-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Hudson Yards and number 29 on our countdown of the tallest construction projects in New York. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by Rockrose with SLCE as the architect of record, the 52-story project will yield 598 rental units. The property is located along Eleventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.
Recent photos show the substantial progress that has occurred at the site since our late September update, when construction was about to surpass the main northern setback. Now several floors above this portion of the building massing, work should proceed at a faster pace given the reduction in the size of the floor plates.
The blue glass curtain wall is rapidly rising up the reinforced concrete superstructure, and the massing’s subtle inward slope is becoming more apparent. A darker blue grid overlaps within the glass and breaks up the large surfaces of the envelope. Above, formwork for the floor slabs, walls, and columns continues to rise as each new level is poured, while the construction crane and exterior hoist closely follow the pace of progress.
The building already commands significant prominence over its surroundings, which consist predominantly of underdeveloped and low-rise properties. However, this section of Midtown West to the north of Related Companies’ Hudson Yards master plan is quickly transforming with the rise of several new skyscrapers, and will likely continue to fill in over the coming years.
YIMBY last reported that 555 West 38th Street is expected to be finished in the fall of 2022.