Supertall office towers are nearing a dime a dozen in Hudson Yards, with 30 Hudson Yards already passing the 984-foot mark, and 1 Manhattan West, The Spiral, and 50 Hudson Yards set to eclipse it over the next few years. While most of the neighborhood’s residential towers have been a few steps behind their larger companions along 57th Street, the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed 35 Hudson Yards will be the first to pass the threshold. Now, the building has passed the halfway mark, and as its exterior installation has also progressed, the future icon is quickly gaining prominence on the Midtown West skyline.
YIMBY last reported on 35 Hudson Yards one year ago, when it stood just four floors above street level. 368 days later, the superstructure appears to have reached its 45th floor, which means that less than half of the floorplates remain before the 71-story and 1,009-foot-tall tower reaches its parapet. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are the developers behind the project.
While the upper floors of the building will be entirely residential, with 137 condominiums averaging almost 3,600 square feet apiece, the lower portion will be divided between retail, offices, and an Equinox Hotel, with 217 keys on floors 15 through 29. Retail will be located on the first, second, fourth, and fifth floors, while the offices will be situated between floors eight through 13.
The building’s total construction area will clock in just north of one million square feet. While that is substantially larger than the residential supertalls rising along 57th Street, the mixed-use portion of 35 Hudson Yards extends will above the first few floors, explaining the extra bulk. Importantly, the incorporation of retail, offices, and hotel space will also ensure the building provides additional activation to the streetscape below.
With superstructure work making more regular progress as the building pushes past its lower levels into the more standardized residential floorplates, the exterior has also made substantial headway. While the full envelope will likely be quite stunning, the existing masonry already provides an attractive contrast against the glassier towers rising in the vicinity, including Fifteen Hudson Yards, which is currently the building’s largest nearby residential companion.
Though 35 Hudson Yards has another 26 or so floors remaining, the ground-level improvements in the vicinity are already roaring towards completion. The Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, topped out just last week, and will soon be accompanied by additional public amenities.
As for 35 Hudson Yards, completion is anticipated by 2019.