Construction has resumed on H Hotel W39, a 29-story hotel at 58 West 39th Street in Midtown. Designed by Peter F. Poon Architects and developed by Wei Hong Hu of H Hotel LLC, the 447-foot-tall project had been stalled since the early months of 2020. City Cross Construction Corp. is the general contractor for the structure, whose design features a radical cantilever that gives way to a tapered glass dome. The footprint of the tower rests on a relatively narrow plot between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just south of Bryant Park.
At the time of our last update in August 2020, the reinforced concrete superstructure remained at just three stories high. Now progress has reached the ninth floor and we can begin to see the fenestration of square and rectangular voids between the thick perimeter columns.
Concrete form work and scaffolding follow the formation of each level and it will be interesting to see on which floor the cantilever is positioned. After that stage, 58 West 39th Street would ascend with larger floor plates before reducing again with the inward curving envelope.
Meanwhile YIMBY recently received an exclusive set of new and updated exterior renderings from Peter Poon Architects, which shows a much sleeker design and better idea of what the building is going to look like as it rises to its pinnacle. The cantilever is still a critical element in the design, while the rounded corners have now been straighten although the crown retains having a curved top made with a curtain wall of glass. It also looks like the edifice is slimmer than the previous and older rendering that’s been seen in the past.
It was last reported that 58 West 39th Street would yield 41,500 square feet of commercial space, 65 hotel rooms, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a hotel lobby. The overall façade will be composed of a uniform glass curtain wall. We can expect the very top floors of the building to offer views of Bryant Park and the Midtown skyline. The nearest subways are the B, D, F, M, and 7 trains at the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station.
A revised completion date for 58 West 39th Street is unclear at the moment, though YIMBY predicts work to be finished sometime in the latter half of 2022 or early 2023 at the latest.