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