Bjarke Ingels Group‘s 66 Hudson Boulevard, aka The Spiral, is rapidly climbing above Hudson Yards. Like its next-door neighbor 50 Hudson Yards, the 66-story supertall has nearly doubled in height since YIMBY’s last update in December. Tishman Speyer is the developer, Turner Construction Company is the construction manager, and Banker Steel is in charge of fabricating the steel for the 1,031-foot-tall commercial office skyscraper, which is expected to cost $3.7 billion.
Construction had reached 23 floors above the podium level last Thursday at the time the photographs were taken. Several steel core columns being assembled around the eastern construction crane can be spotted from above. The dark safety cocoon is steadily rising with the quick pace of work, while black netting covers the perimeters of the completed floors. Fireproofing is also progressing at an even pace.
A secondary elevator hoist is climbing up the north side along West 35th Street.
More of the reflective glass is continuing to be installed around the lower stories.
One interesting aspect of the structural engineering is the diagonal steel columns underneath each stepped section that help transfer the loads from the inside to the edge of each floor plate. This condition will continue to follow around the setbacks up to the top of the edifice. Eventually the glass envelope will further distinguish the spiraling effect of the façade, with setbacks topped by a cascade of landscaping and shrubbery.
The superstructure should continue its swift ascent, especially as the weather begins to warm up. The best views of The Spiral are from across the Hudson River in New Jersey or looking south down Tenth Avenue from around the Jacob K. Javits Center. The wide northern profile shows how big of a presence the skyscraper already has on the evolving and vertically growing neighborhood.
The Spiral is expected to be finished around 2022.