Construction is rising rapidly on Disney’s 1.2-million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Alternately addressed as Four Hudson Square, the 22-story, 338-foot-tall structure is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and is being developed by Silverstein Properties. The media giant purchased the parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million and Skanska was responsible for the demolition of four structures that wrapped up last summer. Lendlease is in charge of constructing the new headquarters, which is bound by Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, Hudson Street to the west, and Vandam Street to the north.
There has been a tremendous amount of progress since our last update in March, when work was still progressing below grade. Now the steel superstructure is two stories above ground, with four large construction cranes steadily working across the sprawling site.
The western half of the edifice is further ahead and the tallest part of the project so far. Metal decking on the second and thirds floors is being laid down and will soon be topped with steel rebar before concrete pours for each floor slab. Additional steel columns and beams are scattered across the floors waiting to be hoisted into place. We can expect more levels added throughout the rest of the year. Based on the rapid assembly of the building, construction could perhaps reach the halfway mark of 11 stories in the next several months.
Renderings below depict Four Hudson Square with a massing consisting of a symmetrical pair of 338-foot-tall towers sitting atop a large podium. A series of setbacks gradually leads up to the top of each tower and will provide outdoor terraces for occupants. The envelope appears to be composed of pale green terracotta panels, bronze finishes, and large square panels of floor-to-ceiling glass. Within the headquarters will be multiple film and production studios, office space, and ground-floor retail. Floor plates will span as much as 85,000 square feet.
A completion date for Four Hudson Square has yet to be disclosed, though it’s possible to see this mammoth structure completed late next year or by early 2023.