When completed, Hudson Yards will not only change the way New York City looks, but how the world looks at New York City.
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. When completed in 2025, 125,000 people a day will work in, visit or call Hudson Yards their home. The site will include more than five million square metres of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox® branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. The development of Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs.
To complete the 28-acre Hudson Yards development, two ‘platforms’ must be constructed to bridge over 30 active Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train tracks, three subsurface rail tunnels utilised by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, and a fourth passageway, the Gateway tunnel, completed in late 2014. The finished buildings’ foundations extend through the platform and rise above. The platforms will cover approximately three-quarters of the Eastern and Western Yards.
The platform and buildings above the Eastern Yard are supported by a total of 300 caissons, ranging from one to one and half metres in diameter and six to 24 metres in depth, which will be drilled deep into the bedrock in strategic locations between existing railroad tracks. The platform on the Eastern Yard utilises 25,000 tonnes of steel, 12000 cubic metres of concrete and weighs more than 35,000 tonnes. Preliminary preparations on the Eastern Yard platform began at the end of 2013 and caisson drilling started in March 2014. Over two million square metres of construction on Manhattan’s West Side are underway at Hudson Yards. Erection of the structural steel columns, beams and trusses began in 2014.
10 HUDSON YARDS – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The 10 Hudson Yards tower, designed by acclaimed global architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) to meet LEED Platinum standards, stands 272 metres tall. It features panoramic views of the city and the Hudson River and offers floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding column-free interiors, designed to accommodate the modern high-density office environment. Construction on 10 Hudson Yards began in December 2012 and the building opened in May 2016.
Unique among Class A New York City office buildings, 10 Hudson Yards has a direct connection to the celebrated High Line. The tower bridges over the elevated park to create a dramatic 18 metre public passageway that extends through the building. It will also offer a direct connection to the Public Square.
15 HUDSON YARDS – Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group
15 Hudson Yards will be the first residential building to open at Hudson Yards. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, in collaboration with Ismael Leyva Architects, 15 Hudson Yards stands 277 metres tall. The LEED Gold-designed building will be adjacent to the High Line and directly connected to The Shed, New York’s new centre for artistic invention, opening in spring 2019. The Shed will commission and present the work of artists across disciplines, from performance and music to visual art and multi-disciplinary projects, and will be housed in an innovative building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group.
Notable for a unique tapered design that will reshape the West Side skyline, 15 Hudson Yards offers its residents unobstructed views of the city and Hudson River. Residents will also have access to a number of in-building-only amenities, including a fitness center by Equinox®, 24/7 concierge-attended lobby, on-site parking garage along with valet and pet-friendly services. Construction on 15 Hudson Yards began in the fall of 2014 and the building is expected to be completed in 2018.
30 HUDSON YARDS – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The 30 Hudson Yards tower designed by Bill Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) will be the second-tallest office building in New York, taller than the Empire State Building and home to the highest outdoor observation deck in the city. The LEED Gold-designed building will stand 395 metres tall when it is completed in 2019 and feature river-to-river panoramic views, outdoor terraces, a dramatic triple-height lobby, direct access to premier restaurants and retailers.
35 HUDSON YARDS – David M. Childs / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The 35 Hudson mixed-use tower, designed by David Childs and Skidmore Owings & Merrill, will feature approximately 137 exclusive for-sale residences, a 200-room Equinox® branded luxury hotel, a world-class Equinox® fitness club and spa, first class office space and ground floor retail space. Standing 1,000 feet tall, 35 Hudson Yards will be the tallest residential building at Hudson Yards, offering never-before-seen views from Manhattan’s West Side.
Residents living at 35 Hudson Yards will benefit from hotel-style amenities with superior services and on-site concierge staff.
55 HUDSON YARDS – A. Eugene Kohn / Kevin Roche / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The 55 Hudson Yards office building is the newest addition to the collection of towers to be located at Hudson Yards. The LEED Gold-designed building will stand 237 metres tall and will be delivered to tenants in 2017 with move-in’s in mid-2018.
The conceptual design of the building was an unprecedented joint venture of A. Eugene Kohn of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche; KPF served as the Design Architect.
55 Hudson Yards is the southwestern anchor of the new Hudson Park and is one of the only office buildings in the entire city to have a lobby that opens directly onto a park. The architects further enhanced the appeal of this great outdoor space by designing a dramatic outdoor terrace overlooking the park on the building’s tenth floor. The building’s design also provides future tenants the opportunity to carve private, double-height terraces into the tower in flexible locations.
The unique façade of 55 Hudson Yards is inspired by the revitalised High Line district, the manufactured cast iron façades of the Soho buildings and the best of early modernism. The matte metal and stepped articulation of the window frames present a strong and solid exterior appearance, which is modern but uniquely New York in character. While the building references the solid exterior of the city’s classic cast iron buildings, it also shares their expansive floor to ceiling windows to maximise interior light.
The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards will be one of New York City’s premier locations for fashion and dining, setting a new benchmark for shopping in a dynamic, mixed-used setting.
Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects as a captivating interior space, as well as a vantage point for viewing the Public Square, this multi-level retail centre will become a quintessential New York experience.
Hudson Yards will include five acres of gardens and public plazas on its Eastern Yard, centred around an interactive design piece. Designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, the Public Square and Gardens will welcome New Yorkers and visitors alike to a new vibrant urban landscape at the heart of the growing West Side. With direct connections to the celebrated High Line and new Hudson Park & Boulevard, Hudson Yards will sit at the centre of a sweeping collection of parks that will ultimately run from Gansevoort Street to Times Square.
The Public Square and Gardens will serve as an urban stage, celebrating the energy of the city with space for events, exhibitions and gatherings. From the new No. 7 Subway station, visitors will be greeted by a seasonally expressive Entry Garden, while the southern edge of the Plaza will offer a canopy of trees in its Pavilion Grove, creating the perfect place for lunchtime gathering or evening meals. A plaza at 10th Avenue and 30th Street will feature a fountain and a grove of birch trees along with a new entrance to the High Line.
Beyond hardscape and planting design, the landscape platform itself is a technical innovation. Serving as a ventilating cover over the working rail yards, the platform is engineered to support large-scale plantings and serve as a reservoir for site storm-water management and reuse.