Façade installation is progressing on Foster + Partners‘ 50 Hudson Yards, a 1,011-foot commercial supertall in Hudson Yards. Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties, the 58-story office skyscraper is the final structure in the first phase of Hudson Yards and is to be the largest structure by volume, yielding 2.9 million square feet. The site is bound by West 34th Street to the north, Tenth Avenue to the east, West 33rd Street to the south, and Hudson Boulevard to the west.
Recent photos show the state of the glass and stone curtain wall since our last update in mid-February, when the tower had just finished topping out. The façade is now roughly three-quarters of the way to the flat parapet.
The safety cocoon netting is being taken apart, while several portions of the metal-framed crown are being welded into place. The fireproofing of the columns, beams, and girders is rapidly taking shape and only several floors below the pinnacle remain to be enclosed in the envelope. It’s possible that the entire curtain wall could be completed by sometime this summer.
Stepping back from 50 Hudson Yards reveals the building’s massive scale and presence, despite its location tightly wedged between Bjarke Ingels Group’s 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, and Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 30 Hudson Yards. Nonetheless, the supertall ranks among the tallest buildings in the city and one of the largest by square footage.
One notable observation was the installation of some of the tall ground-floor glass panels that will frame the main entrance across from the 7 train entrance. Sidewalk barriers and fencing still surround the full-block complex, but this is clearly visible from the escalators and nearby pedestrian plazas.
So far, 50 Hudson Yards has signed on major tenants such as BlackRock and Facebook, which are preparing to occupy 1.2 million square feet of office space inside the building. Facebook is also planning to occupy an additional 300,000 square feet divided across Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s 30 and 55 Hudson Yards.
50 Hudson Yards is aiming for LEED certification and is expected to finish construction and open sometime next year. A finalized date has yet to be publicly disclosed.