At number 22 on our year-end countdown is 450 Eleventh Avenue, a topped-out 642-foot-tall Aloft Hotel in Hudson Yards. Designed by DSM Design Group and developed by Marx Development Group, the slender 51-story reinforced concrete skyscraper will yield 379 guest rooms as well as a business center, a ballroom, and a fourth-floor restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace overlooking the growing neighborhood. Atria Builders LLC is the general contractor for the Midtown, Manhattan property, which is located at the corner of West 37th Street and Eleventh Avenue, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center. The total construction cost is expected to be around $368 million.
Construction of the superstructure is practically done, with the safety cocoon netting and concrete formwork finishing up the framing of the outer walls across the roof parapet. The southern and eastern elevations have been left as blank concrete walls, but will likely be obscured by equally tall buildings in the future.
Little progress has been made on the curtain wall except for the sliver of the ground-floor panels currently in place, though metal clips on the edges of the podium floor plates along the western side of the building signal imminent activity. Above this, the main tower features numerous angled corners and cuts in its massing, which will produce a lively façade.
This design feature is carried over from the original rendering, which showed a much more dynamic geometry. Nonetheless, this aspect of the exterior will distinguish the tower from its more conventionally structured glass neighbors.
450 Eleventh Avenue is scheduled to be finished in 2023, as noted on the construction fence.