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.
Work is getting close to completion on The Aman New York, a residential and hotel conversion and expansion of the 30-story Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy and developed by OKO Group, the project involves the construction of a low-rise annex and the restoration and repurposing of the 101-year-old Warren and Wetmore-designed office tower into 83 guest rooms and 22 residences. Gilbane Building Company is serving as the general contractor for the development, which spans Fifth Avenue between West 56th and West 57th Streets, aka Billionaires’ Row.
Updated renderings have been revealed for 475 Bay Street, a 12-story affordable housing property in Stapleton, Staten Island. Designed by GF55 Partners and developed by BFC Partners, the 250,000-square-foot structure will yield 269 units.
Construction is continuing on the Mandarin Oriental Residences Fifth Avenue, a 29-story residential conversion at 685 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Marin Architects and developed by SHVO in partnership with Deutsche Finance, the $135 million project will convert 100,000 square feet of former office space into a condominium property managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, above Fifth Avenue retail frontage marketed by Brookfield Properties. The Rinaldi Group of New York, LLC is the general contractor of the project, which is located between East 53rd and East 54th Streets.
Work is continuing on the renovation of 660 Fifth Avenue, a 64-year-old, 39-story commercial building in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Brookfield Properties, the project involves an interior overhaul and a complete re-cladding, replacing the old aluminum envelope with a modern glass curtain wall. The 1.25 million-square-foot property is located along Fifth Avenue between West 52nd and 53rd Streets and was formerly addressed as 666 Fifth Avenue.