Google’s Upcoming St. John’s Terminal Office Progresses Further With Exterior Work, In Hudson Square

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

More exterior progress on Google’s 1.3 million-square-foot office at 550 Washington Street has been made in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the topped-out building is the central component of the “Googleplex” that will encompass a total of 1.7 million square feet across three separate structures with the other two sites being 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson StreetTurner Construction is responsible for constructing the 12-story steel-framed edifice that spans two full city blocks between West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation building.

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

Since our last update back in early March, the top floors of the structure have been enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass and metal panels that wrap around all four sides of the massive rectangular office complex. Also seen are the industrial-style windows that line the podium of the western elevation.

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

The glass frontage for the whole ground floor is one of the last major external components currently being worked on, which largely sit behind fencing and wooden boards up against the sidewalks. Looking from above at the eastern side gives us an idea of how the first level is shaping up.

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

Solar shading louvers are only found on the shorter southern wall above the podium.

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

The northern profile of 550 Washington Street is steadily taking shape, particularly the lower half that will feature a hollow steel-framed canopy made of multiple girders at the top of the terminal’s original roof line. Abundant landscaping on almost every level and around the main entrance, the top of the canopy, and sidewalks will also populate this side of the superstructure. This is best depicted in the rendering below.

550 Washington Street. Photo by Michael Young

Rendering of 550 Washington Street by COOKFOX Architects)

Future occupants will have access to a number of outdoor landscaped terraces, large expansive rooftop areas that overlook the Hudson River and the Lower Manhattan and Midtown skylines, and amenities that have yet to be announced.

YIMBY last reported that 550 Washington Street is expected to be completed sometime next year.

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4 Comments on "Google’s Upcoming St. John’s Terminal Office Progresses Further With Exterior Work, In Hudson Square"

  1. Beautiful buildings. google will bring hundreds of good jobs to Manhattan.

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | September 9, 2021 at 9:26 am | Reply

    The structure appeared beautiful with the most adorable facade, on the day of choice to see. Under its signature it could make a play with light, as often as possible so Google was legendary: Thanks to Michael Young.

  3. An excellent economic development for the West Side and the continued diversification of the economy post 9/11 from the traditional FIRE industries (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate). So – a great use.

    Architecturally, it is awesome to see the air rights granted in exchange for a wonderful adaptive re-use of what was a significant building – and while maybe not the most beautiful – and important physical memory of the city’s maritime past. So glad this could be saved Well done city/Google/architect.

  4. Man, this one is turning out so good. I absolutely love the industrial-like look!

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