Disney Headquarters’ Terracotta Façade Progresses at Four Hudson Square in Hudson Square, Manhattan

4 Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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

The green terracotta façade continues to rise steadily since our last update in April, when the steel-framed superstructure had recently topped out. The paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows now enclose the building above the midpoint setback.

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

Additional steelwork has also finished framing the mechanical bulkheads atop each of the two towers.

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

Sections of bronze-colored panels with thin vertical louvres are positioned around the centerline of each elevation, adding contrast and depth to the fenestration. This same finish will enclose portions of the mechanical bulkheads.

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

4 Hudson Square. Photo by Michael Young

Below are additional exterior renderings that show the complex and its surroundings.

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

4 Hudson Square is slated for completion sometime next year.

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16 Comments on "Disney Headquarters’ Terracotta Façade Progresses at Four Hudson Square in Hudson Square, Manhattan"

  1. I live in Hudson Square and I have not heard one positive comment about the green color of the new Disney building. It’s ugly.

  2. Serious and sober, while not being heavy and overwrought: a nice addition to the lower Manhattan landscape bringing corporate jobs and activity to the city. SOM does it again without wiggles or irony.

  3. The designers were clearly looking at Herzog and De Meuron’s 40 Bond and maybe Annabelle Seldorf’s red terra cotta apartment building on Lafayette, with a certain amount of watering down to get it to the cost and spec of a Silverstein property. That 10% of soul is what’s missing, and I don’t think it’s possible to get it out of SOM. Wondering if Disney had anything to do with this part of the process or if they just signed the lease?

  4. This is actually turning out very nicely. The facade looks really nice.

  5. Beautiful Skin. Terrific project.

  6. Location Location Location
    Worst spot with Holland Tunnel gridlock
    Note the traffic, the separation barriers in the street
    Good luck Pedestrians getting to the front door.

  7. I wonder if Disney will be moving more and more jobs and productions out of Orlando to NYC as a result of all the crazy Florida laws.

    • Cheesemaster200 | August 1, 2022 at 11:05 am | Reply

      As they move jobs from California to Florida…

      Disney talks a strong game with their social justice positions, but are ultimately beholden to money just like every other business.

  8. Much ‘greener’ than the rendering.

  9. It’s not easy, being green, apparently! I’m reserving judgment until it’s done.

  10. If Hudson Yard fell into the river the sounds of cheers would be defining all the way to Newark.

  11. This complex has a “generic corporate blahness” to it… considering it is for Disney?!

    There is a complete lack of “creativity” or “fun” in this complex, considering the company is all about ENTERTAINMENT!! 🤗

    I still think a giant pair of Mouse Ears on the roof would be so cool! Maybe with lights underneath? 🤔

    For those who think that is “too much”, look how boring HUDSON YARDS (Dubai on the Hudson) turned out… a group of bland glass towers each one vying for attention, without any relation to each other, unlike the historic Rockefeller Center, which reads as a complex. Even the One Trade Center and it’s siblings is just as dull.😝

    So many “STARITECTS”, so many missed opportunities! 😔

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