50 Hudson Yards’ Curtain Wall Nears Completion in Hudson Yards, Manhattan

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Exterior work is almost complete 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 skyscraper is the final structure in the first phase of Hudson Yards and the largest by volume, yielding 2.9 million square feet of office space. The Midtown 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.

Since our last update in April, the dark glass and gray stone curtain wall has progressed to the final levels below the flat roof parapet.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Close-up photographs highlight the envelope starting to hang off the sides of the steel-framed perimeter that surrounds the upper mechanical levels of 50 Hudson Yards. Work is also happening around the elevator hoists. Other photographs look at the various façade details that are found across the four sides of the supertall. All parts of the safety cocoon netting have been removed since the building topped out, while the fireproofing of the steel superstructure is closing in on the last few office floors. We can expect the rest of the glass and stone cladding to be finished in the coming months.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

It’s almost impossible to look at 50 Hudson Yards without noticing the equally massive supertall directly across West 34th Street, Bjarke Ingels Group‘s 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, This skyscraper is another grand addition to the neighborhood and the overall Midtown skyline. To the south of Foster’s current tallest design in New York City is Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s 30 Hudson Yards. These three giants all stand together with unique architectural designs and distinct façades.

50 Hudson Yards (center). Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards (center). Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards (right). Photo by Michael Young

Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards has signed on major tenants such as BlackRock and Facebook, which are preparing to occupy 1.2 million square feet. Facebook is also planning to occupy an additional 300,000 square feet divided across Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s 30 and 55 Hudson Yards. The office building is aiming for LEED certification.

YIMBY last announced that 50 Hudson Yards is expected to finish construction and open sometime next year, though a finalized opening date has yet to be announced.

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14 Comments on "50 Hudson Yards’ Curtain Wall Nears Completion in Hudson Yards, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | July 6, 2021 at 8:05 am | Reply

    One of the better designs for Big Empty Hudson Yards.

    • David : Sent From Heaven. | July 6, 2021 at 8:50 am | Reply

      City of supertall that grab its design to take on number 1, as I am judge from your photos take to be progressed: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. I love how 50 Hudson Yards is not just a big glass box. Instead, the glass is essentially divided into tiles along the facade, giving the building a distinct and less of an abomination of glass look. Furthermore, it also has lovely stone mullions/columns which further enhance the quality of the design. I just love how Norman Foster has unsimplified the modern box, and has created an intricate and detail-worthy design. I’m interested to see how the crown turns out and how it flows and looks with the rest of the already amazing tower. (By the way, those views of Hudson Yards are just stunning. Thanks, Michael Young.)

  3. Much more handsome than the rendering and it’s neighbor, The Spiral. Shame these are all jam packed together, but I’m curious, is there any other city where 4 supertalls are this close together (30 HY, 35 HY, 50 HY and The Spiral)?

    • Maybe Dubai, which boasts of “The tallest block in the World”.

      • I figured Dubai might, but thanks for this info. It looks like they have 6 supertalls within a small area as compared to Hudson Yards which will only have 4 + 1 if you count 1 Manhattan West. To bad 3 Hudson Blvd and 2 Manhattan West are planned to be under 300 meters.

  4. The 4 supertalls make a stunning new skyline…but wondering if the woman sitting in front of the Shoe Repair Shop will be able to find a comfortable place to live.

  5. When are they going to start phase 2?

  6. Where is #2 WTC?

    • My question, exactly. WTC2, instead of the shorter WTC4, should have been built alongside WTC1 (fka Freedom Tower), at the same time.

  7. Truly, distinctively, elegant!

  8. They knocked it out of the park with this design. The proportions are close to perfect, the visual lines are clean and modern, and it just reeks of prestige and power. If I were an ambitious company or individual, I would covet an address here.

  9. Can we bring over the 25000 homeless families to take a look.
    Oh I forgot they want 5000 for a studio.

    • ASensibleMan | July 8, 2021 at 2:43 pm | Reply

      The relationship between this building and homeless people is non existent. Other than the fact that this building will generate lots of taxes to pay for helping homeless people, money that will end up somewhere in the bottomless pit of the city’s horrendously corrupt and insane budget.

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