Norman Foster’s 78-story office tower opens in Hudson Yards
Photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
A boutique luxury office building designed by Norman Foster officially opened in Hudson Yards this week. Described as “multiple buildings within a building,” 50 Hudson Yards is a 1,011-foot-tall tower that takes up a full block between Hudson Boulevard and 10th Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets. Developed by Related Companies, Oxford Properties, and Mitsui Fudosan America, 50 Hudson Yards is already over 84 percent leased, with Meta and BlackRock as two of the tower’s anchor tenants.
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The building, which topped out last February, contains nearly 3 million square feet of flexible office space, in addition to retail space and new public spaces on the ground floor. The tower is the fourth-largest commercial building in the city by square footage.
Foster + Partners designed 50 Hudson Yards to make moving through the building efficient, with dedicated lobbies and private elevators for anchor tenants. Featuring column-free floor plates, soaring ceilings, and sweeping city and river views, every workplace floor can accommodate more than 500 employees in “limitless configurations.” There are 94 high-speed elevators throughout the building.
“Our project is a response to the site within Hudson Yards, but its geometry also respects the wider context of the New York street grid. The innovative elevator strategy and unique space planning provide prime users of the tower with their own lobbies, exclusive access and separate identities,” Foster said in a statement. There’s also a tunnel in the building that leads directly to the subway.
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
50 Hudson Yards has a two level-lobby with two large-scale abstract sculptures by Frank Stella and a spiral staircase that leads to a private bar and lounge on the mezzanine level. On the 32nd floor, there are several gathering spaces, including private dining rooms, meeting and event spaces, and a cafe with grab-and go-options. The top of the tower features a domed stainless-steel lighting installation that catches the light during the day and illuminates the building at night, according to the architects.
Also at the top of the building is “Upstairs at 50 Hudson Yards,” a dramatic meeting space designed by Tony Ingrao.
Tenants will also be provided with a suite of exclusive services including Blade priority airport transfers, a membership to the Classic Car Club Manhattan, executive valet parking, membership to Liberty National Golf Course, access to the neighborhood’s Mt. Sinai Health Center, and childcare services from Vivvi, according to a press release.
Russ & Daughters will open a new location on the ground floor of 50 Hudson Yards next year, as 6sqft reported this week. Additional dining options will be announced in the coming months, but the developers say they will work with Chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality.
Other companies that will call 50 Hudson Yards home include Vista Equity Partners, Truist Financial, ServiceNow, Passkey, and XTX Markets. Move-ins will begin later this year.
“Fifty Hudson Yards’ growing tenant base of industry leaders reinforces that the office is back and better than ever,” Jeff T. Blau, CEO of Related Companies, said. “Great ideas are born from collaboration and every detail of this building has been carefully chosen to enrich the benefits of face-to-face interaction.”
“Whether employees are meeting in a bespoke workspace, one of the building’s many private lounges or restaurants, or taking in a neighboring world-class cultural institution, they are sure to find the inspiration that continues to cement New York City as a premier global center of innovation.”