View Poll Results: What proposal would you like to see built for Hudson Yards?

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  • Brookfield: SOM, Field Operations, Thomas Phifer, SHoP Architects and Diller Scofidio & Renfro

    64 65.98%
  • Durst / Vornado / Conde Nast: FXFowle and Rafael Pelli

    11 11.34%
  • Extell: Steven Holl

    8 8.25%
  • Related / Goldman Sachs / NewsCorp: Kohn Pedersen Fox, Arquitectonica and Robert AM Stern

    8 8.25%
  • Tishman Speyer / Morgan Stanley: Helmut Jahn

    6 6.19%
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  1. #1876


    I can now see the new tower from my terrace!

  2. #1877


    They finally started finishing off the roof of the first tower.
    If you look closely you can see a wooden water tank inside the opening
    left from the construction elevator.

    Last edited by scumonkey; July 24th, 2016 at 04:15 AM.

  3. #1878


    3 more from today (taken from inside my air conditioned studio!).

    wouldn't catch me up there in this heat!!!

  4. #1879
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    Quote Originally Posted by scumonkey View Post

    Its DEFINITELY better than a demoralizing flat top, but that topper borders on the kitsch and superfluous. Its a nice addition to the skyline nonetheless.

  5. #1880


    One thing about this unrelenting causing some magnificent sunsets!

  6. #1881


    New York Times
    September 14, 2016

    A $150 Million Stairway to Nowhere on the Far West Side


    A rendering of “Vessel,” with the entry garden and water feature. Credit Rendering by Visual House-Nelson Byrd Woltz

    By the look of the renderings officially unveiled on Wednesday morning, New York’s next significant landmark may be the city’s biggest Rorschach test, too.

    Big, bold and basket-shaped, the structure, “Vessel,” stands 15 stories, weighs 600 tons and is filled with 2,500 climbable steps. Long under wraps, it is the creation of Thomas Heatherwick, 46, an acclaimed and controversial British designer, and will rise in the mammoth Far West Side development Hudson Yards, anchoring a five-acre plaza and garden that will not open until 2018. Some may see a jungle gym, others a honeycomb.

    But Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire founder and chairman of Related Companies, which is developing Hudson Yards with Oxford Properties Group, has his own nickname for “Vessel”: “the social climber.” And the steep price tag Mr. Ross’s privately held company is paying for Mr. Heatherwick’s installation? More than $150 million.

    The back story of the stair-filled “Vessel” involves two men who are in step in more ways than one: a designer known for dreaming big, and a deep-pocketed developer who will spend whatever it takes to make a statement.

    Currently under construction in Monfalcone, Italy, the bronzed-steel and concrete pieces that make up “Vessel” are not to be assembled on site until next year, but on Wednesday, Related Companies rolled out the design with a Hudson Yards spectacle hosted by Anderson Cooper, with a performance by the Alvin Ailey dance troupe on a set that mimicked the multiple stairways inside “Vessel.” The crowd of hundreds included Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    “We know ‘Vessel’ will be debated and discussed and looked at from every angle, and Thomas,” the mayor added, addressing the architect, “if you meet 100 New Yorkers, you will find 100 different opinions on the beautiful work you’ve created. Do not be dismayed.”

    On a visit to New York this summer, Mr. Heatherwick, founder of the Heatherwick Studio in London, was eager to explain his design.

    “We had to think of what could act as the role of a landmarker,” he said. “Something that could help give character and particularity to the space.”

    Mr. Heatherwick said “Vessel” was partly inspired by Indian stepwells, but he also referred to it as a climbing frame — what Americans would call a jungle gym — as well as “a Busby Berkeley musical with a lot of steps.”

    An upper-level view through “Vessel.” Credit Rendering by Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

    The design reflects Mr. Heatherwick’s belief that city natives are always looking for their next workout. “New Yorkers have a fitness thing,” he said. (It will test many city folk who can barely climb into their Ubers, but there will be an elevator for anyone unable to reach the top.)

    Inside the piece, the 154 interconnecting staircases may put visitors in mind of a drawing by M. C. Escher, especially given that the open-topped structure will have 80 viewing landings.

    Mr. Heatherwick’s career, as measured by his personal profile, has certainly been climbing. He gained fame for ingenious designs like his torch for the 2012 London Olympics, known as the Caldron. He is collaborating with the architect Bjarke Ingels on the design for Google’s new campus in Mountain View, Calif., and he is reimagining the home of the New York Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, with Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto.

    But other projects have faced some downward pressure. Mr. Heatherwick’s proposal for a garden-topped bridge across the Thames River in London was held up by budget issues in July, though Mr. Heatherwick said it was moving forward again. In New York, the Hudson River island park known as Pier 55 — funded by another Heatherwick-admiring billionaire, Barry Diller — was stalled by a legal challenge that was rejected last week. (According to Mr. Diller, the challenge is being secretly sponsored by Douglas Durst, a real estate rival of Mr. Ross’s.)

    “It’s a leap of faith in terms of scale,” said Susan K. Freedman, president of the Public Art Fund, who has seen the “Vessel” renderings and likes them. “ I admire the ambition,” she added. “You can’t be small in New York.”

    But Ms. Freedman had her reservations. “The bigger problem may be traffic control,” she said, given that the work will be near the already crowded High Line, the tourist attraction whose northernmost segment winds around Hudson Yards. “I think people will want to experience it.”

    Thomas Woltz, of the firm Nelson Byrd Woltz, designed Hudson Yards’ Public Square and Gardens, with input from Mr. Heatherwick, as a dramatically landscaped attraction. The square will be the $200 million centerpiece of Hudson Yards’ eastern section, a mixed-use parcel with eight buildings comprising office space, retail outlets, residences and a new cultural institution, the Shed. The eastern section stretches from 30th to 34th Streets and from 10th to 11th Avenues, built largely on a platform over the West Side Rail Yards.

    Despite the name “Public Square,” Hudson Yards is a private development, and “Vessel” was commissioned and approved by a committee of one: Mr. Ross, who has kept the design models in a locked cabinet in the Related offices — when not allowing brief peeks to lure commercial tenants. “I have the only key,” he said with a smile.

    When Mr. Ross began the process of finding a piece several years ago, he first turned to five artists who are known for working in public plazas — and whom he declined to name — and asked them for detailed proposals. One of the unbuilt plans cost him $500,000, he said, and another $250,000.

    Interior view of “Vessel,” with 80 viewing landings. Credit Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

    But he was unsatisfied. “Been there, seen that,” Mr. Ross said of his reaction.

    A Related colleague suggested Mr. Heatherwick, who had come in previously for a meeting at the company to discuss a future pavilion on the site.

    Mr. Heatherwick and Mr. Ross talked, and six weeks later, the designer sent a proposal. “I looked at it and said, ‘That’s it,’” Mr. Ross said. “It had everything I wanted.” That was in 2013.

    “Everybody here thought I was nuts,” Mr. Ross said of his colleagues’ reactions.

    The idea of “Vessel” as an exclamation point toward the northern end of the High Line is part of Mr. Ross’s grand plan to make Hudson Yards the center of New York, despite its hard-to-reach location.

    “The most important place in New York is Rockefeller Center during Christmas time,” Mr. Ross said. “I wanted to have a 12-month Christmas tree.”

    One of Mr. Heatherwick’s main goals for the piece is to raise people significantly above ground level so they can see the city — and one another — in a new way.

    “The power of the High Line is the changed perspective on the world,” Mr. Heatherwick said.

    The interactive feature of “Vessel” was partly a reaction to what Mr. Heatherwick sees as previous failures in public projects: Plop art. “We’ve gotten used to these 1960s, 1970s plazas with obligatory big artworks plunked down,” he said.

    “Vessel” is only 50 feet in diameter at its base, rising to 150 feet at the top, meaning that it has a “small bum,” Mr. Heatherwick said, and does not take over the plaza’s ground level.

    The cost of the piece has ballooned from the original estimate, $75 million, Mr. Ross said. Mr. Heatherwick noted that the process of making the steel pieces was unusually complex. “We didn’t have an unlimited budget, but no corners have been cut,” Mr. Heatherwick said, adding that “Vessel” was sturdy enough to “take Hurricane Sandys.”

    The price does not appear to trouble his patron.

    Mr. Ross has now hired Heatherwick Studio to design two residential buildings, one at Hudson Yards and one in Chelsea.

    For Mr. Heatherwick, “Vessel” represents his firm’s focus on doing innovative work for the public to enjoy. “I’m doing this project because it’s free, and for all New Yorkers,” he said. “I’m just itching to see a thousand people on it.”

    © 2016 The New York Times Company

  7. #1882


    As large scale sculpture it does not disappoint, and the interactive component of public access and a fun climb to a panoramic vista, all make for a fantastic addition to the Hudson Yards development project.

  8. #1883


    Sorry...but many are completely disappointed with this schlock
    (and that price tag - )
    Plus the first time some klutz trips and falls... L A W S U I T !!!
    Maybe they could actually make an artistic statement with this kerfuffle,
    by turning the stairs into escalators and placing 1:1 scale orange statues
    of trump riding down from top to bottom - like his campaign?!

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    I'd love to see a rendering that shows what it'll actually look like in 10 years - scuffed up, stained, bird crap, etc.

    Probably still will look cool... but it will never looks as shiny as it does in that render...

  10. #1885


    September 29, 2016

    Bjarke Ingels's Hudson Yards skyscraper is officially moving forward

    The 65-story building will stand 1,005-feet when complete, according to developer Tishman Speyer

    By Miriam Hall

    Courtesy of BIG

    It’s official: Bjarke Ingels’s gargantuan Hudson Yards tower is moving forward. Developer Tishman Speyer filed plans for The Spiral on Thursday, The Real Deal reports. The 1,005-foot behemoth will rise at 509 West 34th Street and will stand 65-stories tall when its complete.

    Its design is perhaps most notable for the vertical gardens that wrap all around the exterior of the building. The 2.2 million-square-feet office building will be developed at an estimated cost of $3.2 billion. Plans call for 27,000-square-feet of retail on the ground floor, and offices on floors two through 62. An anchor tenant has yet to sign on, but investment firm BlackRock is rumored to be eyeing some space in the tower.

    Its height makes it just as tall as "the billionaire building," One57, but at the Hudson Yards complex, it’s still only the fourth tallest of the planned buildings in the area. There were once rumors of an 1,800-foot tall tower known as Hudson Spire rising at this site, but those plans have since been abandoned.

    There are a couple of points of discrepancy though. The Department of Buildings filing pegs the height of The Spiral at 962-feet with 64 stories, though a source informed Curbed that this may be a discrepancy relating to what's on the roof. Additionally, while the property has 2.2 million zonable square feet, the project is being marketed as 2.85 million, which refers to the rentable square footage.

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  11. #1886


    Living in the area, I can attest that up high the wind blows too hard to support the trees on this building as rendered.
    Just another gimmick attached to a glass box from that one trick pony Bjarke.

  12. #1887


    September 30, 2016

    Hudson Yards will get a 622-foot hotel and residential tower, via Chetrit

    The 46-story tower will have 358 hotel rooms and 131 apartments


    A rendering of the overall Hudson Yards neighborhood. Via Hudson Yards.

    Looks like it’s the week for Hudson Yards skyscrapers to move forward. After the revelation yesterday that Bjarke Ingels’s office tower was officially moving ahead , the Chetrit Group has now filed plans for its project on West 37th Street, The Real Deal reports.

    Plans filed Friday with the city’s Department of Buildings reveal a 622-foot tower that will rise at 545 West 37th Street, right across from the Javits Center, and closer to Eleventh Avenue.

    The CetraRuddy-designed building will have a hotel on the lower floors, and apartments above that. In all, the project will span 373,275 square feet and come with 358 hotel rooms and 131 apartments.

    The hotel will be spread out on floors nine through 27 of this 46-story building. Floors 32 and above will house the apartments. The lobby will take up all of the first floor. There will be a restaurant, an event space, and probably a bar on the second floor. Amenities announced for the project so far include the usual suspects like a resident’s lounge (on the 30th floor) and a fitness center equipped with a yoga and pilates studio.

    Chetrit had at one point considered selling the site, but took it off the market last August.

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    October 14th, 2016

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  15. #1890


    They finally recessed it into the roof, the mechanical window washing rig at the top!

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