Construction is closing in on topping out at 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 as well as a business center, a ballroom, and a fourth-floor restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace. The Midtown property is located at the corner of West 37th Street and Eleventh Avenue, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center, and is expected to cost around $368 million.
The reinforced concrete superstructure has shot up with remarkable speed since our last update in early April and will soon reach its pinnacle.
More of the floor plates, columns, and walls have been formed and added to the superstructure in the past three months. The repetitive nature of each level helps with the speed of the assembly with the crane and safety cocoon netting following the pace of activity. We could see crews topping out the Aloft Hotel this summer.
Installation of the glass curtain wall has yet to commence and will likely not begin until sometime after 450 Eleventh Avenue reaches its pinnacle, as was the case for FXCollaborative‘s 601 West 29th Street, another skyscraper under construction on Eleventh Avenue.
Compared to the current rendering for 450 Eleventh Avenue, the previous iteration featured a more lively fenestration of stacked and twisting boxes with angled glass walls. The new design still incorporates this general concept but with a more toned-down approach. Breaking up the uniform floor-to-ceiling glass panels is a wraparound set of dark mechanical grilles that will be installed above the outdoor fourth-floor terrace.
450 Eleventh Avenue is scheduled to be finished in 2023, as noted on the construction fence.