I walked by the site yesterday and they’ve begun installing the curtain wall in place of the first construction elevator. The difference between the older (dirty) glass and the new (clean) glass is remarkable. It’s hard to tell in the photos because the glass is so reflective, but the building is filthy. It’s really going to shine once they get the BMUs working.
Looks like a whole different city!
Like a slice of Midtown East broke off and made its way to the Hudson River.
The more I look at the Spiral the less I like it. The spirals don’t really reduce the bulky, heavy qualities of the building. Its enormous floor plate size, together with a mostly plain exterior, makes it look like an enormous hunk. Only adds to the mostly bad architecture of Hudson Yards, at least IMO.
Agreed on all points. It doesn’t help that depending on the angle/lighting that the wide horizontal mechanical level stands out more than the spirals.
Looks like the are almost done with filling in the glass facade. They just need to take the hoist down and fill in the gaps.
If the spirals were built much closer to each other and the building narrowed as it rose it might have worked. But then the financial reward would have declined significantly. Designing huge floor plate buildings is always a problem as HY is fully demonstrating. So is the ever present danger of a style (here glass) becoming a fetish. Unfortunately the money for this development scheme spoke much more loudly than the value of classy design. (35 HY I think is the best of the lot by quite a bit.) A great opportunity for upping the quality and variety of NYC buildings has been missed.
That or it just needs another 1,000 feet of spirals!
Yeah, I’ve always thought the proportions make this looks like the unfinished base of a much taller tower. Would have loved at least one or two more spirals, possibly stretching taller with each successive section. But I will admit the building has turned out better than I expected.
Hopefully the nighttime lighting for the spiral shape will be bright enough to stand out from the interior lights. If there’s a distinct spiral illumination it will at least improve the appearance at night
Lighting might help at night. But the daytime look IMO is hopeless.
I’m not expecting much from this in regards to lighting in my opinion. Parts of the night light of the spiral are visible on an EarthCam and it’s a dud, much like 3WTC’s lighting with the exception 3WTC is nicer to look at during the day. Comparing the spiral ‘lighting’ with the interior lighting of 55 Hudson Yards gives me even less hope of it being somewhat visible.