YIMBY went to take in the views from The Spiral, a 66-story supertall commercial skyscraper at 66 Hudson Boulevard in Hudson Yards. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Tishman Speyer, the 1,041-foot-tall structure will yield 2.85 million square feet of office space and is expected to cost nearly $3.7 billion. Turner Construction Company is managing construction, Banker Steel provided the steel work, and Permasteelisa served as the contractor for the reflective floor-to-ceiling glass enclosure for the property, which occupies a full city block between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and 34th and 35th Streets.
Since our last update in July, façade work has concluded on the tower and work has shifted to the terraces and the interiors.
Photographs taken from the stepped outdoor terraces across the lower half of the building provided expansive views of the Midtown skyline with nearly every notable tall building in sight. All the skyscrapers and supertalls surrounding Billionaires’ Row, One Vanderbilt, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, the residential construction in NoMad, the New Yorker Hotel, and Manhattan West are the most prominent features when looking to the east.
There are also clear vistas of the World Trade Center and the entire Lower Manhattan skyline to the south with the Verrazzano Narrow Bridge also peeking from behind the cluster of buildings making up the Financial District.
Looking west, tenants will have a perfect view of the expansive pedestrian plaza of Hudson Yards with Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel at center stage and now decorated with warm colored Christmas lights on every level. The other mix of office and residential edifices with their distinctive curtain wall designs added to the colorful and dramatic sunset as it descended to the southwest. Summer months will have the sun set further up the horizon, directly across the Hudson River. There is also a good vantage point of the Jacob K. Javits Center and the new construction lining Eleventh Avenue.
Some of the outdoor terraces already have ivory and other green shrubbery planted on them. Below is an example of a green wall on one of the lower floors above the podium.
The Spiral is expected to be finished sometime next year.