Exterior work is progressing rapidly on Google’s 1.3 million-square-foot office at 550 Washington Street in Hudson Square. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Oxford Properties, the building is the main component of the “Googleplex” that encompasses a total of 1.7 million square across three structures, along with 315 Hudson Street and 345 Hudson Street. Turner Construction is responsible for building the 12-story edifice that spans two full city blocks between West Street, West Houston Street, Washington Street, and the New York Department of Sanitation building.
Recent photos show the substantial progress that has occurred since our last update in November, when the superstructure had just finished topping out.
Most of the exterior work is complete on the western elevation facing the Hudson River, with only the top setbacks on the expansion awaiting the last sections of the envelope. New windows with black mullions were spotted being installed on the repurposed St. John’s Terminal podium, blending nicely with the brick masonry walls.
The opposite eastern profile is not too far behind, with a small amount of scaffolding and black netting remaining on the terminal. The elevator hoist is placed on the northeastern corner of the edifice.
The short southern elevation has solar shading louvers placed between the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The northern wall of 550 Washington Street gives us the best visual representation of both the old and new superstructures coming together. Glass and metal spandrels already fully envelope the top floors. They will rest atop what will soon be a hollow steel-framed canopy made of multiple girders placed at the top of the terminal’s original roof line.
Renderings depict the ground-floor entrance slightly set back from the street thanks to a lush landscape against the sidewalk. The glass over the main entryway looks to be held up by a tight grid of dark industrial-style mullions that match the aesthetics of the other windows across St. John’s Terminal.
Occupants will have access to landscaped terraces, large expansive rooftop areas that overlook the Hudson River and the Lower Manhattan and Midtown skylines, a landscaped entry plaza on the northern end of the structure, and amenities that have yet to be announced.
550 Washington Street is expected to be completed sometime next year.