Construction Resumes on H Hotel W39 at 58 West 39th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

The new iteration for 58 West 39th Street, courtesy of Peter Poon Architects.

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.

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Michael Young

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Michael Young

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The new iteration for 58 West 39th Street, courtesy of Peter Poon Architects.

The new iteration for 58 West 39th Street, courtesy of Peter Poon Architects.

The new iteration for 58 West 39th Street, courtesy of Peter Poon Architects.

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.

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12 Comments on "Construction Resumes on H Hotel W39 at 58 West 39th Street in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | October 11, 2021 at 9:28 am | Reply

    This might be one of the few times when a set back hotel is better. Cantilevers should always be set back from the street wall. Their only redeeming value is that they will likely preserve the building below it.

  2. the mothership has landed……maybe it will not stay long.

  3. I’m very pro development, big buildints, etc. But cantilevers are the absolute worst. Especially the 90% ones, why not have the building stretch over it’s neighbor gracefully…I get it floor area, but the result is so damn ugly.

  4. The ‘rendering’ is located on a different planet than the actual building.

  5. what a disgusting ugly piece of crap!!!!!
    another ugly out of context glass box that looks like it belongs in China not NY

  6. The absolute worst. That shot of the streetwall is everything you need to know about the decline of mankind.

  7. How is that building going to be wedged in that space?

  8. I don’t know if I’m more happy to have this building be on hold or under construction.

  9. Interesting in design, not spectacular by any means but a welcome addition.. Not sure what all the fuss is about.

  10. This has all the charm of a Tetris piece that landed wrong.

  11. wow the new renderings are even worse than the old ones!

  12. Just dreadful. Peter Poon is giving Gene Kaufman a run for his money as the newest disaster master.

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