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The Spiral designed by BIG and 50 Hudson Yards designed by Foster + Partners The Spiral designed by BIG and 50 Hudson Yards designed by Foster + Partners
New York City’s latest skyscraper rivalry is currently unfolding at Hudson Yards, where two supertall towers are currently locked in a toe-to-toe, crane-to-crane race across West 34th Street and Tenth Avenue. Upon completion, Foster + Partners50 Hudson Yards will stand 1,012 feet tall, clocking in at 57 floors and nearly 2.9 million square feet, becoming one of the city’s largest office buildings. Across the street to the north rises Bjarke InglesSpiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard, which will ultimately loom 1,032 feet and 66 stories and weigh in at 2.6 million square feet (of which 2.2 million will be office space). At the moment, both towers have climbed about a quarter to a third of the way up, and the first panes of floor-to-ceiling glass have encased the Spiral’s lower levels.

50 Hudson Yards
 
50 Hudson Yards is Related Companies and Oxford Properties’ encore to the Phase One of the Hudson Yards complex, which opened next door in summer 2019 (ultra-luxury condo towers at 15 Hudson Yards and 35 Hudson Yards are move-in ready with prices starting at $2.75 million and $4.25 million, respectively).
In a video posted on the building website, the lead architect, Sir Norman Foster, describes the gargantuan project as a “city within a city” with its own “squares” (e.g. sky lobbies and elevated atriums) and pockets of privacy. True to the architect’s city allusion, many of the mammoth building’s floors will measure around 310 by 160 feet, nearly matching the entire footprint of the city block where the building stands, and even the hefty upper floors clock in at 250 by 160 feet.
50 hudson Yards 50 Hudson Yards renderings credit of Related-Oxford
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG Hudson Yards
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG 50 Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards offices
The Spiral, Ondel Hylton The Spiral under construction with 50 Hudson Yards on the right, February 2020. Credit: Ondel Hylton
50-Hudson-Yards-003 50 Hudson Yards as of February 2020
Hudson Yards 30 and 50 Hudson Yards
50 Hudson Yards’ expansive, tall-ceiled, column-free floor plates, along with cutting-edge tech capabilities and amenities such as a massive, glass-walled lobby with modern artwork by Frank Stella, have already netted tenants such as Facebook, which will take up 1.2 million square feet, as well as BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG 50 Hudson Yards lobby
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG 50 Hudson Yards sky lobby

The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, BIG Hudson Yards
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG The Spiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard
The Spiral, ONdel Hylton The Spiral under construction, February 2020. Credit: Ondel Hylton
Spiral-02
Not to be outdone, Tishman Speyer’s Spiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard offers an equally cavernous lobby, comparably-sized floorplates that span from 35,262 to 75,423 square feet, and the sort of tech amenities sought by high-end corporate clients. The building’s standout feature is its namesake - a series of stepped terraces that spiral around the tower’s telescoping facade like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (or the Hanging Gardens of Gotham, if you will).
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG The Spiral
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG The Spiral
The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Bjarke Ingels, BIG The Spiral
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG The Spiral
The Spiral The Spiral stacking plan

Like many competitors, the two towers share more commonalities than differences. Both benefit from the glass-canopied 34th St-Hudson Yards station of the 7 train across the street, the adjacent Bella Abzug Park at Hudson Boulevard, and the shopping and dining destinations at the nearby Shops at Hudson Yards. As a pair, the towers form a grand gateway from 34th Street, the principal thoroughfare in Midtown South, and advance the northern vanguard of the growing neighborhood, where desolate surface lots and commercial/industrial facilities recede before the march of progress. Both serve to “bulk up” the local skyline, which still looms somewhat forlorn on the edge of Midtown, and both will offer observatory-like panoramas from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Coincidentally, the architecture firms behind both buildings are engaged in a different type of competition in Downtown’s super-complex, albeit over one building rather than two. In 2015, Silverstein Properties opted to shelve Foster + Partners’ diamond-topped design for the long-stalled Two World Trade Center in favor of a similarly massive but drastically distinct proposal by Bjarke Ingels, where a series of stacked box-like forms seem to teeter precariously as they cantilever over the street. However, in a surprising twist, last month the developer announced a decision to revert to Foster’s original shard-like design. Time will tell how this architectural tug-of-war will turn out.
50 Hudson yards, The Spiral, Vitali Ogorodnikov 50 Hudson Yards (left) and The Spiral (cranes visible in the center) under construction, February 2020. Credit: Vitali Ogorodnikov
Likewise, it remains to be seen whether 50 Hudson Yards or The Spiral will top out first. Both have already made considerable progress since CityRealty checked in at 50 Hudson Yards and at The Spiral this summer, so it’s up to the reader to make their call as to who comes out on top.
Whichever finishes first, the real winner is the city, which replaces two derelict lots with pedestrian-active, tax-generating properties that contribute to keeping New York on the cutting edge of the global financial and technology markets. According to a report by Metro Manhattan Office Space, over the past decade the median sale price of NYC offices has surged by 112 percent (with a marked triple increase for office space in Queens); 2019 was the best year for office sales in Manhattan and the Bronx.
In the meantime, check out how the two stack up against the rest of New York’s hottest neighborhood in CityRealty’s ultimate rundown of Hudson Yards developments (grab a coffee, it’s a long one). For a shorter, more focused list, take a look at CityRealty's Top 10 Luxury Rentals in Hudson Yards.
50 Hudson Yards, The Spiral, 66 Hudson Boulevard, Foster+Partners, Bjarke Ingels, BIG Hudson Yards

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