It’s been 14 months since developer Related Companies bought the site of a former McDonald’s at 34th Street and 10th Avenue, the final parcel needed to complete Hudson Yards. Initial reports said the site of 50 Hudson Yards would hold a 62-story, 1,000+ foot commercial tower, but Related and Oxford Properties Group have now revealed that the structure will rise 58 stories and 985 feet and be designed by starchitect Norman Foster. As first reported by Curbed, the news comes on the heels of BlackRock’s decision to sign a 20-year lease for 15 floors, or 850,000 square feet, in the building, leaving their long-time Park Avenue home in a show of confidence in the mega-complex.
Aerial view of Hudson Yards from last week
The tower takes up an entire city block, adjacent to 30 Hudson Yards (which will boast the city’s highest observation deck) and across from the 7 train station. It’ll be accessible from all four sides, and BlackRock will have a private entrance off Tenth Avenue. As Curbed notes, there will be 2.9 million gross square feet of office space, making it the fourth largest commercial building in the city.
It will rise in three stacked sections, and their set backs will create space for outdoor terraces. Glassy squares on the facade are framed by white stone cladding, and the designers have reference a “halo” at the crown. Inside, there will be column-free floor plates of at least 50,000 square feet, which can accommodate around 500 people. There will be some private sky lobbies, as well as valet parking and a porte-cochère.
In a statement, Sir Norman Foster said, “50 Hudson Yards is a key part of a larger vision that integrates places to live and work within a dense, walkable urban neighborhood. The building is highly permeable at ground level, allowing it to engage fully with its urban location. Designed for a sustainable future, the building makes an important contribution to the regeneration of the far west side of Manhattan.”
Construction on 50 Hudson Yards will begin next year, wrapping up in 2022. The full $25 billion Hudson Yards project is expected to be complete in 2025.
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Photo and renderings courtesy of Related-Oxford