New looks revealed for 3 Hudson Boulevard, the next office tower to rise at Hudson Yards

January 17, 2020

Image courtesy of Gammahaus

A new design–the third so far–has been revealed for 3 Hudson Boulevard, the next office tower to rise at Hudson Yards. Located at the northwest corner of West 34th Street and Hudson Boulevard, the tower, which has long been in planning stages, will have 1.85 million square feet of office space. The latest designs reveal a height of just under 1,000 feet with 56 stories, the New York Post reports. Some floors will have ceilings of almost 30 feet with terraces at the end.

3 Hudson Yards
Image courtesy of Binyan Studios.

The project is being developed by Joseph Moinian’s Moinian Group and Boston Properties, an office real estate investment trust (REIT) at a cost of over $3 billion. As 6sqft previously reported, Moinian first purchased the site from Verizon in 2005 for just over $54 million. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has used the site for construction staging for the last decade. The tower’s site is next to the new Hudson Boulevard Park.

Designed by Dan Kaplan of FXCollaborative with Gensler as a consulting architect, the new designs show that the tower will have some unique features not often found in Manhattan office buildings. A 40-foot-high lobby will host food and beverage offerings from casual to elegant; escalators and stairs will lead to a sky lobby and main elevator bank on the second story.

The center core building has only one support column for floors 3 to 7, which cantilever over the two-story lobby. Moinian told the Post: “It’s very unusual to have one column for a trading-sized floor.”

The building will be clad in high performance glass engineered to limit the heat loads and energy usage that plague such towers and is critical to meeting new city energy targets. Another unique feature: seven floors known as “delighters,” with dazzlingly high ceilings and, in some cases, terraces. Ceilings on these “delighter” floors are either 19.5 or 29 feet high. Of these anything-but-typical floors, Richard Monopoli, senior vice president of development for Boston Properties, told the Post: “They are the best products and they ‘delight’ the customers.”

Rents for the newly-minted Class A office space would start at about $110 per square foot a spot on the lower floors. Significantly sweetening the pot for tenants is a 20 percent, 20-year Hudson Yards tax abatement. The new tower is slated to be ready to delight tenants at the end of 2023.


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