While the World Trade Center is the largest project currently under construction, Related’s Hudson Yards development will rival the new WTC in terms of overall scope–although construction has not begun quite yet.
Related’s project is going to be built on a platform that has yet to be constructed over the West Side rail yards. When finished, the project is going to include millions of square feet in development. The first phase of the project is expected to contain the office component, with two signature office buildings included. Rumored heights range from 950′ for the shorter tower to upwards of 1,300′ for the taller building, although no final design has been decided on at this point.
Recent rumors have circulated indicating that Time Warner may actually be contemplating new space to consolidate their headquarters in Manhattan, and a move to the Hudson Yards would make sense just because Related also built their last headquarters (obviously, the Time Warner Center).Besides the office buildings, Related has said it intends to build a retail podium that will dwarf that of Time Warner Center, essentially creating a new Time Warner Center on steroids. The residential component of the project also appears to be very large, with thousands of new apartments and condominiums slated for construction after the completion of the office buildings. While the office component will consist of 6 million square feet, the total build-out will feature almost 13 million square feet of new development.
Time Warner to Launch Review of Manhattan Office Space (from Hollywood Reporter)
Below are several renderings of the project, and you can see the variance in design. My personal favorite is the first design below. While glass buildings are still relatively mundane, the angles of the two signature office buildings provide a welcome break with the boxy towers of Midtown.