Aloft Hotel Nears Halfway Mark at 450 Eleventh Avenue in Hudson Yards, Manhattan

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Construction is nearing the halfway mark on 450 Eleventh Avenue, a 642-foot-tall Aloft Hotel in Hudson Yards. Designed by DSM Design Group and developed by Marx Development Group, the 51-story skyscraper will yield 379 rooms and is expected to cost around $368 million. The property is located at the corner of West 37th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center, and will also feature a business center, a ballroom, and a fourth-floor restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace.

Recent photos show a signifiant amount of progress on the reinforced concrete superstructure since our early January update, when work was just beginning to surpass the podium.

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

The crane and safety cocoon netting are continuing to climb with the pace of activity. At this rate, the building will likely top out before the end of the summer.

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

The southern and eastern walls are mostly left as flat and blank.

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Curtain wall installation has yet to begin, though the structure’s distinctive design is becoming apparent in the staggered angles of the floor plate edges, which will eventually take the form of a stack of reflective glass boxes.

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

450 Eleventh Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The updated rendering in the featured photo shows a toned-down version of the previous iteration below, with less accentuated fluctuations and the removal of a cantilevering set of floors over the northern corner. Nonetheless, the design will still stand out among the surrounding skyscrapers with its lively fenestration, especially when the sunlight strikes the dynamic façade in the late afternoon and evening. The current rendering illustrates the podium featuring high ceilings with the main entrance along Eleventh Avenue. It also seems like a wraparound set of dark mechanical grilles will be installed above the outdoor terrace.

The former design for 450 Eleventh Avenue by DSM Design Group

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

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25 Comments on "Aloft Hotel Nears Halfway Mark at 450 Eleventh Avenue in Hudson Yards, Manhattan"

  1. Good investment to get shovels in the ground now for new hotels that will open when Manhattan fills back up. Better yet if you get financing in place to start before de Blasio is successful in pushing through HTC’s ridiculous “Special Permit” (aka ban) on all new hotel construction.

    • The city is already full of these middling hotels. So sure, why not build more of them!! Yay, let’s make sure that between 7-figure apartments for money-laundering oligarchs and mediocre hotels for chunky tourists with little disposable income we make lots of space that remains unoccupied.

      • We can only hope chunky tourists come back. If they don’t, NYC will finish it’s slide back into the cesspool it was in the 70’s.

        • a new homeless shelter as soon as it opens
          YAY!

          • You can change your name but we know it’s the same poster. We get it. Enough. You have made your point incessantly and it adds no value at this point.

      • If you find this a “middling” hotel and find the tourists who could afford to stay here too poor, I’d like your expense account!

    • The Hotel will be mostly used for attendees at Jacob Javits Convention Center. Maybe one of the few hotels with a built in clientele. The design does stand out for the area around it.

    • all new hotels in the city automatically become homeless shelters
      thank you deblasio

  2. David in Bushwick | April 9, 2021 at 9:17 am | Reply

    Bummer, they toned it way down from the first proposal which I really liked. Probably value engineering.
    Now it looks like a sloppy window installation. And the base is just basic and dull.
    Oh well…

    • Thats what you call bullet dodged IMO

      • I actually kind of like that they toned down the design. The old one felt kind of clunky to me.

        Also, I’m happy to see a new hotel in NYC without a useless plaza in front of it. Other hotel developers should take note.

  3. Building is trying too hard. It’s like a short guy with a loud mouth in a louder suit, trying to be heard over taller people who don’t need to yell at all.

  4. Much improved from the original. I was just down there recently and while this would be a significant skyscrapers anywhere else, it looks like a tiny twig sprouting up next to the massive structures in Hudson Yards proper.

  5. David : Sent From Heaven. | April 9, 2021 at 9:43 am | Reply

    Take a look and read your details, try to give my comment on your photo’s progress: Thanks to Michael Young.

  6. Does anyone know anything about the east facing elevation? It looks to be nothing more than a poured concrete wall. Are there plans for another development directly to its east that would obstruct views in that direction?

  7. I’m liking it even more! I think the updated renderings makes it a bit better. And the tower is sure rising quickly.
    But, when I saw the rear of the building, I almost cried. What a disaster.
    But other than that, I’m quite eager to see where this goes.

  8. Guess I just don’t get Hudson Yards

  9. From 57th to 42nd on Lex are at least 5 very nice hotels that are sitting completely empty.
    For some reason clients are expected to move to 11th Av?
    Nonsense.

  10. Flawless concrete work on this project by Moncon Inc.

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