450 Eleventh Avenue Continues Ascent in Hudson Yards

450 Eleventh Avenue. Designed by DSM Design Group

Construction is continuing to rise at 450 Eleventh Avenue, a 487-foot-tall, 531-room hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Hudson Yards. Designed by DSM Design Group and developed by Marx Development Group, the 43-story tower is one of the newest additions to the booming Midtown West neighborhood surrounding Related Companies‘ first phase of Hudson Yards. The project site is located at the corner of West 37th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Recent photographs show the reinforced concrete superstructure of the podium taking shape. The building has more than doubled in height since our last visit in September, when work stood just three stories above ground. It won’t be long until the main tower floors begin and the project’s dynamic massing begins to appear. As rendered, the structure features a unique twisting design that resembles a stack of reflective glass Rubik’s Cubes. The tower’s highly distinctive shape will certainly make it stand out among the ever-growing crop of glass-clad skyscrapers on the far west side of Manhattan.

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

It will likely be some time until the envelope installation begins, but the multifaceted nature of its design will certainly make for eye-catching reflections, especially when viewed from across the Hudson River at sunset.

450 Eleventh Avenue is scheduled to be finished in 2023, as noted on the construction fence.

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10 Comments on "450 Eleventh Avenue Continues Ascent in Hudson Yards"

  1. Looking like a ‘house of cards’, but in a good way..let us hope.

  2. 450 Eleventh Avenue is certainly a building that is venerable to critism, and I’m honestly still not entirely sure about it. However, I’m going to give it a chance. In the past I’ve critisized many of the other Hudson Yards skyscrapers, but when they neared completetion, I was blown away by their quality and overall appearance. So, I’m going to be more open on 450 Eleventh Avenue this time.

  3. David in Bushwick | January 1, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply

    I love this design – not a jenga tower, not a deconstruction – this is unique. And it should never be copied anywhere else.
    Surprisingly, this tower will be basically standing alone for a while, maybe a long while.

    • The architect who designed the first glass tower also said, “this should never be copied” 🙂

    • I agree with the reply. It reminds me of the housing constructed for the ’76 Montreal Olympics, which at least was “lo-rise.” This building looks like it’s teetering; it doesn’t soar in conjunction with the theme of the area.

  4. Actually, this building looks like what 432 Park would be like after an 8.0 earthquake! 😨

  5. This tower has been redesigned, and is much taller/sleeker than in the rendering. No more cube look. I believe it’s 600-700 ft. now. But it will be lost in a forest of new construction, as almost all the surrounding lots have planned towers.

    • But rendering shows up to 26 2 story cubes, plus lobby floor, even without counting top two “cubes”, it’s about 49 story building, unless they do empty spaces like in 432 Park, 49 story is easily corresponding in 487 feet. Or 43 story, but without 6 “empty floor spaces”… And this design is deconstructivist, and looks like really 432 Park aftermath of 8.0 earthquake…

      • Yes, I’m not seeing any reference to an update from the 458 ft design w/ the cubes – you got a reference, Crayfish?

  6. YIMBY, what do you think about finished Moyninheim Train Hall???
    It’s a major public project finished in 2020 in NYC!!!
    And is huge and beautiful train hall ever built in NYC since Grand Central and Old demolished Penn Station!!!

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