Façade installation has begun on Four Hudson Square, Disney’s rising 22-story New York headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by Silverstein Properties, the 338-foot-tall structure will yield 1.2 million square feet of commercial space. The media giant purchased the rectangular full-block parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for a total of $650 million, and Skanska was in charge of demolishing four old structures that once occupied the site. Lendlease is 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.
The steel superstructure has continued to rise steadily since our last update in November, when the building stood roughly seven stories high. Construction is now approaching the halfway mark and passing the series of setbacks at the tenth floor.
The following photos show the details in the first façade panels, which have begun installation on the second floor of the building. The dark green terracotta panels are composed of flat, curved, and rigid surfaces. Some sides have floor-to-ceiling windows interspersed by the wavy pattern, and other sets appear to have ventilation grilles.
Meanwhile, the upper floors continue to have their steel columns, girders, and beams welded into place, and a fourth construction crane is in the process of being assembled by the eastern corner of the site along Vandam Street. The eastern tower is slightly ahead in vertical progress.
The following exterior renderings below depict the curtain wall system of terracotta, glass, and bronze paneling. The envelope will enclose the pair of 338-foot-tall towers that sit atop the large podium that is now mostly built up. The setbacks will be topped with landscaped outdoor terraces for occupants. The interiors will contain multiple film and production studios, office space, and ground-floor retail space. YIMBY last reported that floor plates are expected to span up to 85,000 square feet, with the largest set placed in the lower levels of the building.
Four Hudson Square should likely be finished around the end of 2023 or early 2024 at the latest.