Disney Headquarters Tops Out at 4 Hudson Square in Hudson Square, Manhattan

4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Construction has topped out on Four Hudson Square, The Walt Disney Company’s new 22-story headquarters in Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by Silverstein Properties, the 338-foot-tall building will yield 1.2 million square feet of offices, film and production studios, and ground-floor retail space. Lendlease is the contractor for the property, which is alternatively addressed as 137 Varick Street and occupies a full-block parcel bound by Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, Hudson Street to the west, and Vandam Street to the north.

The topping-out ceremony last Friday is the culmination of less than a year of vertical progress on the steel-framed superstructure, which began to rise last summer and rapidly ascended to its parapet. Work moved especially quickly over the past three months since our last update in January, when the structure had just passed the tenth floor. More of the green terracotta façade panels now enclose the lower levels, and should steadily make their way up the building over the next several months.

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

Work on the steel assembly continues for both office towers with fireproofing not far behind.

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

Numerous setbacks will act as landscaped outdoor terraces for occupants. Floor plates will have spans up to 85,000 square feet, with the largest on the lower levels of the complex.

4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Ground floor rendering of 4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Ground floor rendering of 4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Below is a photograph taken before topping out, from across the Hudson River. Though not current, it still gives a sense of the immense size and scale of the project over the surrounding Hudson Square neighborhood.

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square is estimated to be completed sometime next year.

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9 Comments on "Disney Headquarters Tops Out at 4 Hudson Square in Hudson Square, Manhattan"

  1. Not sure why they didn’t build one taller building rather than this spread out mess.

    • why don’t we build a very tall building right net to your home and see if you are still YIMBY then?
      I bet you will surely become an instant NIMBY

    • This is a really handsome and very functional design that fits the broader context of its surrounding area far better than any tower could. I’m all for towers, but not everywhere. This is the right building in the right place.

    • Broadcast studios, theater, amenities…Lots of reasons it’s a large footprint.

  2. I think it would look better with a giant pair of Mickey Mouse ears on the roof! They could be covered in sparkling lights? 🤗

    • Terrific idea. I remember the gigantic clock on the Jersey side that, I think, was on top of the Maxwell House coffee HQ. I remember well seeing it as a kid when my mother finally took me on the “Circle Line” tour in the ’50s.

    • I agree.

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