The Spiral‘s glass curtain wall is closing in on the final floors of the 66-story, 1,041-foot-tall commercial supertall at 66 Hudson Boulevard in Hudson Yards. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Tishman Speyer, the property occupies a full block between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and 34th and 35th Streets, and is poised to provide a massive 2.85 million square feet of office space to Midtown, Manhattan. Turner Construction Company is serving as the construction manager, Banker Steel is in charge of manufacturing the steel, and Permasteelisa is the contractor for the reflective enclosure. The Spiral is expected to cost around $3.7 billion.
Recent photos showcase the progress since our last update in late March, when the façade only enclosed about two-thirds of the superstructure.
The envelope at the pinnacle started to be installed at the western corner of the steel superstructure. We can spot the first portion of the vertical slits that signify the mechanical roof. Meanwhile, the first outdoor terraces are being landscaped and filled with trees and shrubs, some overhanging on the metal railings. A nice detail that has been incorporated with the overall glass skin is the distinction in transparency among the floor-to-ceiling panels that meet with the terraces. This makes the spiraling effect more pronounced and highlights the architectural concept of winding greenery across all four sides of the supertall from the base to the crown.
Installation of the glass on the eastern profile is not too far behind.
The two exterior hoists remain attached to the wide northern and southern elevations of The Spiral, and will likely remain until the façade is complete and more of the office interiors are fitted out.
The Spiral currently stands as the tallest building to the north of Related Companies’ first phase of Hudson Yards. It will likely hold that title for a number of years and remain a dominant figure in the skyline, especially when viewed from across the Hudson River from Weehawken, New Jersey and around the general waterfront area. 66 Hudson Boulevard is the tallest realized design by Bjarke Ingels in New York City.
Work on The Spiral is predicted to finish sometime in 2022.