Pelli Clarke Pelli’s 555 West 38th Street Rapidly Ascends in Hudson Yards

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Construction passes the halfway mark at 555 West 38th Street, a 570-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Hudson Yards and number 29 on our countdown of the tallest construction projects in New York. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by Rockrose with SLCE as the architect of record, the 52-story project will yield 598 rental units. The property is located along Eleventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Recent photos show the substantial progress that has occurred at the site since our late September update, when construction was about to surpass the main northern setback. Now several floors above this portion of the building massing, work should proceed at a faster pace given the reduction in the size of the floor plates.

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The blue glass curtain wall is rapidly rising up the reinforced concrete superstructure, and the massing’s subtle inward slope is becoming more apparent. A darker blue grid overlaps within the glass and breaks up the large surfaces of the envelope. Above, formwork for the floor slabs, walls, and columns continues to rise as each new level is poured, while the construction crane and exterior hoist closely follow the pace of progress.

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The building already commands significant prominence over its surroundings, which consist predominantly of underdeveloped and low-rise properties. However, this section of Midtown West to the north of Related Companies’ Hudson Yards master plan is quickly transforming with the rise of several new skyscrapers, and will likely continue to fill in over the coming years.

555 West 38th Street. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY last reported that 555 West 38th Street is expected to be finished in the fall of 2022.

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4 Comments on "Pelli Clarke Pelli’s 555 West 38th Street Rapidly Ascends in Hudson Yards"

  1. Previously on YIMBY, I said “Eh, it’s fine.” What was I saying? This building looks amazing! The glass on the skyscraper is just beautiful. I’m also starting to appreciate the setback of the two interconnected buildings, which so far doesn’t look as ugly as in the rendering. Speaking of which, I think reality certainly beats the renderings with this building, for sure. Man, Hudson Yards is really starting to become one of my favorite districts of New York City. Kudos to Michael Young too, because the photos here are really nice as well.

  2. This one is turning out to be much better than the renderings.

  3. This is iconic, I know ANGEL David will like this!!

  4. Yeah, whatever

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