50 Hudson Yards’ Steelwork Passes the Halfway Mark in Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards, along Tenth Avenue. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies Oxford Properties

The steel frame of 50 Hudson Yards has passed the halfway mark on the way up to its 1,011-foot-tall parapet. Designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by Related Companies with Oxford Properties, the 58-story commercial office supertall will span 2.9 million square feet, making it the largest structure by volume in the first phase of the Hudson Yards master plan.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

We can also see the steel on the western elevation reaching the midway setback.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

The curtain wall is quickly rising above the podium. Composed of dark reflective and warm-toned gray marble, the façade of the main tower also incorporates a large window grid with protruding metal frames that span four floors apiece. So far there are eight floors covered in the enclosure. The renderings show this pattern repeating all the way up to the flat roof parapet.

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, work across the street on The Spiral by Bjarke Ingels Group appears to have pulled ahead of 50 Hudson Yards by a sizable margin over the last few months. Progress had been neck-and-neck since they both began ascending, and it could still be a close race to the finish. BIG’s design will ultimately stand 20 feet taller than Foster’s, with topping out on the pair likely occurring sometime in the first half of 2021.

The Spiral (left) and 50 Hudson Yards (right). Photo by Michael Young

50 Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

The site is bound by Tenth Avenue to the east and Hudson Boulevard East to the west, West 35th Street to the south and West 34th Street to the south. The closest subway is the 7 train, located conveniently across the street from the main lobby within Bella Abzug Park.

50 Hudson Yards is expected to finish and open sometime in 2022.

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10 Comments on "50 Hudson Yards’ Steelwork Passes the Halfway Mark in Hudson Yards"

  1. Would be great for middle income housing units .
    Maybe Zuckerberg can start to help by making the right moves.

  2. Great! Another glass box to go along with all the others in this terrible out of the way location.

  3. It’s Bella Abzug Park, not Azbug.

  4. I believe 50 Hudson Yards is a great skyscraper, however the facade that has impressively risen in the last few months has not excited me too much. But oh well.
    The Spiral, on the other hand, is superb. It is by far the best design I’ve seen of Bjarke Ingles Group yet.

  5. With the new work from home economy, I do not know how more office space hitting an already saturated market would be justified by the banks and investors. Probably a smart option would be to stop construction and re purpose the building for residential where the new demand for home offices is on the way. That would be a smart turn before an inevitable crash.

  6. I wonder if by the time these are completed, how many company employees will still be working from home due to Covid, thereby leaving most of these towers empty for years?

  7. More empty Office space and tax breaks for the developers. Where is the affordable housing?

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