Finishing touches are wrapping up on Google’s new 12-story headquarters at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the 1.3-million-square-foot project involved the restoration and 232-foot vertical expansion of the St. John’s Terminal building along the Hudson River waterfront. The structure will serve as the centerpiece of the sprawling 1.7-million-square-foot “Googleplex” master plan along with 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street. Gensler is the interior designer and Turner Construction was the general contractor for the property, which spans two full city blocks between West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation building to the south.
Additional landscaping has been added around the building since our last update in August 2022, and the plaza at the northern end of the building has finished construction. Fencing and plastic barriers remain around the perimeter of the property, but should be removed in the coming weeks.
The entrance plaza features staircases flanked by rough-hewn stone blocks, some of which are integrated into the tiered arrangement of garden beds populated with shrubbery and trees. The northern elevation of the building implements the exposed framework of the original steel-framed terminal superstructure and supports an additional level of outdoor green space. Above this, the building’s wall is composed of glass with a grid of black mullions. The old ceiling of St. John’s Terminal also features several skylights.
Sidewalk scaffolding remains standing along much of the broad western profile of the complex, but the sections where it has been removed provide an indication of the final look of the frontage. The warehouse’s old loading docks have been transformed into large windows facing West Street and the Hudson River waterfront.
The final industrial-style windows have also been installed since our last update, filling the gap that was left from the dismantling of the construction elevator.
Additional landscaping, wooden dividers, patio lights, and a pair of circular glass and metal pavilions have been installed along the main setback and expansive rooftop terrace.
The nearest subways from the property are the 1 train at the Houston Street station and the C and E trains at Spring Street. Across West Street is Hudson River Park, and the Holland Tunnel can be accessed to the south by Canal Street.
Work on 550 Washington Street should fully conclude in the coming weeks.