Foundation work is underway for Disney’s 1.2 million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Alternately addressed as Four Hudson Square, the 22-story, 320-foot-tall structure is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and is being developed in partnership with Silverstein Properties. Disney purchased the parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million, and Skanska was responsible for the demolition of four structures that wrapped up last summer. Lendlease is in charge of constructing the new headquarters, which is bound by Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, Hudson Street to the west, and Vandam Street to the north.
Recent photos show the progress that has occurred at the site since our last update in late October, when excavation was still progressing.
The eastern half is further ahead in the subterranean construction with the reinforced concrete foundation slab and base for the inner core walls settled and ready to go vertical. Various building materials and black covers are scattered across the surface.
The foundation walls on the northern perimeter of the site are being formed behind a multi-story assembly of metal scaffolding and wooden platforms. Meanwhile, the final steps of excavation are wrapping up on the western end, where numerous excavators and a piling machine are removing the last sections of earth and inserting the necessary supports into the ground.
Spotted along Vandam Street was the base of a construction crane tower sitting on a raised concrete platform.
Disney’s new home features an architecturally symmetrical pair of 320-foot-tall towers that would be connected by a large podium. A series of setbacks gradually lead up to the pinnacle and will provide outdoor terraces for occupants. Renderings show the exterior envelope composed of pale green terracotta panels, bronze finishes, and large square panels of floor-to-ceiling glass. Multiple film and production studios, office space, and ground-floor retail are part of the interior programs.
A completion date for Four Hudson Square has yet to be finalized and announced, though YIMBY expects at least a couple years’ worth of construction due to the giant footprint and scale of the project.