As Related’s new tower at 500 West 30th Street topped-out last month, it was only a matter of time before cladding on the naked 32-story tower finally began; and now, it finally has. The first few floors of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building have been covered in the facade, and the pre-fab brick panels are intermingled with black accents. So far, the resulting product is phenomenal, especially along 10th Avenue, where 500 West 30th’s ‘new’ materials blend seamlessly with its pre-war neighbors.
It may be somewhat early to say Stern has once again delivered a gorgeous final product, but his firm’s work is extraordinarily consistent — even in the upper-mid ranges, which is where this project will fall. 500 West 30th’s entire evolution and growth has been cataloged by YIMBY, and though the building’s impact on the skyline will be minimal, it will go far in addressing the dearth of residents adjacent to Related’s much larger project at The Hudson Yards.
500 West 30th Street will have a total of 386 units, and residents should be able to move-in either late this year or in early 2014. The pace of construction has certainly been impressive, as the site has literally gone from bare dirt to near-completion in the span of one year.