Articles by Michael Young

Pendry Hotel’s Wavy Curtain Wall Begins Assemblage at 4 Manhattan West in Midtown

Construction is moving along smoothly on the Pendry Hotel, aka 4 Manhattan West. The reinforced concrete superstructure of the 21-story Midtown West development has risen past the halfway mark, and installation of its distinctive wavy façade has begun on the northern and western elevations. The mixed-use project, which is designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and developed by Brookfield Properties, is slated to offer 164 guest rooms and a selection of condominiums on its upper floors.

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Hilton Grand Vacation Hotel’s Geometric Façade Begins Installation at 12 East 48th Street in Midtown East

Façade work is underway at 12 East 48th Street on what will become a 161-room Hilton Grand Vacation Hotel. Located in Midtown East between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, the reinforced concrete superstructure has already topped out and the curtain wall on the northern elevation is beginning to rise above the ground floor. Designed by Handel Architects, the bright metallic frames that surround the building’s windows will form a subtly oscillating geometric pattern. Hidrock Realty is the developer of the project.

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Excavation Set to Begin for Pelli Clarke Pelli-Designed Skyscraper at 555 West 38th Street in Hudson Yards

Work is set to begin at 555 West 38th Street, the site of a 52-story residential skyscraper designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Located to the north of the first phase of Hudson Yards along Eleventh Avenue, the property sits directly across from the new expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center and a couple streets south of the Lincoln Tunnel entrance. Machinery is on site in preparation for the excavation of the asphalt-covered lot to make way for the 570-foot-tall tower. Rockrose is the developer of the project, which will contain 598 rental units.

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Bulging Sculptural Windows at Heatherwick’s 515 West 18th Street Nearing Completion, in Chelsea

The first residential project in New York City by Thomas Heatherwick is making swift progress at 515 West 18th Street in Chelsea. The curtain wall of bulging, two-story windows on the shorter, ten-story building is nearly complete, while the façade of the taller, 22-story reinforced concrete structure is now starting on the second floor. The topped-out buildings straddle the High Line and will become an eye-catching addition to the neighborhood for residents and tourists alike. The project is located between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue, and is being developed by Related Companies.

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Ultra-Contemporary Redesign Revealed for 450 Eleventh Avenue in Hudson Yards

A new rendering has been released for 450 Eleventh Avenue, a 487-foot-tall hotel tower by Marx Development Groups in Hudson Yards. The redesign appears to be a much taller and features a more lively architectural scheme than the previous rendering from last month. Designed by DSM Design Group, the structure will contain a 531-room hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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