Foster + Partners’ 50 Hudson Yards, a 78-story, mixed-use office tower in New York City has officially opened.
The nearly three million-square-foot and LEED Gold-designed structure occupies an entire block and features flexible office space, retail facilities, and public spaces.
It also offers restaurants, bike parking, and transport connections, which is in the form of an underground connection to the adjacent subway station. Work on the latest addition to Hudson Yards began in 2016.
Foster + Partners founder, Norman Foster, said: “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.
“Column-free floor plates and generous ceiling heights provide high-quality workspaces with maximum flexibility for change in the future.
“A purpose-built tunnel connects the building directly to the subway while the lobby floors are connected by a delicate feature stair from which one can enjoy both views of Hudson Yards and the large-scale work of art by Frank Stella.”
Visitors enter the building through the activated street edges and move through it from north to south.
This is the first New York commercial office building to utilize conventional, double-decker and twin elevators.
The office spaces are provided ample natural light and panoramic views of Manhattan via floor-to-ceiling glazing and expansive ceiling heights.
Additional features include a communal amenity with a variety of meeting and event spaces on the building’s 32nd floor, along with a domed stainless steel lighting installation at the top of the tower, which captures light in the day and illuminates the building at night.
Viscount White stone was cast upon the expressed structural elements of the building.
Foster + Partners Senior Partner, James Barnes, added: “We are delighted to see 50 Hudson Yards opening on schedule, despite the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is a testament to the hard work of the whole team whose collaborative efforts delivered this landmark project. We look forward to seeing the first tenants move into the building, later this year.”
Image credits: Foster + Partners
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