When the old Bancroft Bank Building met the wrecking ball a few years ago, the site, at 3 West 29th Street, was tentatively planned to give rise to a residential tower designed by Moshe Safdie. In September of 2017, that changed, when HFZ Capital filed plans for a Bjarke Ingels-designed office skyscraper, as reported by YIMBY. Now, we have the exclusive reveal for the first renderings of the new building, which will apparently be even more prominent on the skyline than originally planned.
Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.
On Monday, we told you about a new standalone player coming to the table as construction continues at Hudson Yards and Manhattan West. Now, we have a better look at the 65-story supertall office building designed by Bjarke Ingels. Dubbed “The Spiral,” its address will be 66 Hudson Boulevard. That’s at the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 34th Street, right across from the Hudson Park and the secondary entrance to the new 7 train terminus.
One of the largest remaining development sites in the Hudson Yards rezoning, owned by Tishman Speyer, now has official plans, as per the Wall Street Journal. The building, at 66 Hudson Boulevard, will stand 1,005 feet to its pinnacle, rising 65 floors and containing 2.85 million square feet overall, including 27,000 square feet of retail. The tower will cost upwards of $3 billion, and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG is designing the supertall, which will be laced in bands of diagonal sky terraces. The site is located between West 34th and West 35th Streets and 10th Avenue, and Tishman is currently seeking an anchor tenant.
After obtaining $1 billion in financing, HFZ Capital Group has closed on the development site at 76 11th Avenue, or 518 West 18th Street, in West Chelsea. The lot comes remediated and vacant, and it’s one of the most expensive acquisitions in New York’s history, according to The Real Deal, clocking in at $1,100 per square-foot.