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Fifteen Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards

Carter Horsley
Reviewed by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

This 88-story, 910-foot-high tower, known as Fifteen Hudson Yards was the first residential tower  completed on the ambitious superdevelopment railroad tracks encircled by the High Line.

The tower was opened in 2019  by The Related Companies, headed by Stephen Ross, and Oxford Properties Group Inc.. It has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Ismael Leyva is serving as the architect of record.

Set in the heart of Hudson Yards on the site’s public square, the building will overlook a majestic new design installation by Heatherwick Studio.

 

Bottom Line

A slick, tall, glass tower with subtle curves at the top hovering over a large bulbous performance shed in a former industrial area and “Hell’s Kitchen” by the magnificent Hudson River several very long blocks to the west of the iconic Empire State Building.

Description

This is the first of four major towers at Hudson Yards, which will also be surrounded by several more major towers in site at the north end of the very popular High Line Elevated Park and the terminus of a non-stop extension of the L subway line from Times Square.

The site is near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to the north and James A. Farley Post Office and Madison Square Garden to the east and the Garment Center to the northeast.

The master plan by Kohn Pedersen Fox for Hudson Yards envisions it as the city’s third major business district after Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

Amenities

The tower will have a concierge and doorman, a fitness center, an indoor pool, a dog spa, a business center, chef kitchens, party and screening rooms, and a rooftop terrace. Amenities will include a 24-hour concierge service, two floors of wellness offerings and a skytop entertaining suite with indoor entertainment lounges.

Apartments

The tower will contain five distinct residence types, ranging from one-bedroom homes overlooking the High Line to duplex penthouses with expansive city views. 

History

The highlight of the first published design was its “corset,” a midsection diagonally strapped “in” to create a transition between the rectilinear base of the tower and its top which had four joined cylindrical sections.  The glass tower resembled a headless Hellenistic maiden in a classic chiton whose enclosed, strapped sections bulged slightly.

This midriff, however, vanished in a redesign that many critics said was “Value Engineering” (VE), leaving a fairly smooth transition between the base and the cylindrical curves of the top.

In the latest renderings, the top couple of floors became transparent, possibly to be transformed into a lighthouse at night but no nocturnal renderings were available.

The tower’s new façade was no longer pronounced femininity but subtle unisex slickness that was undeniably graceful and svelte.

The tower will adjoin the “Culture Shed” which is expected to become the new home for “Fashion Week.” The design aesthetic of the “shed” is like the dirigible hangars of yore. It is very, very big and telescopes out over a rather conventional rectilinear protruberance at the building’s base to provide, presumably, climate control for “outdoor” performances when needed.  The rendering appears to indicate about 10 large rows of audience seating on three sides of the “stage” in the middle of very broad and high openings on the north and south sides where the shed is supported on three narrow and steeply angled legs that ride on large wheels.

The “stage” appears to be about 100 feet beneath the top of the very large “shed” when it is extended for protection from the elements.  Given is large openings at the bottom and one side, however, one can assume that it might not be too warm in winter.

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