In the earliest renders the base had landscaped terraces facing Hudson Boulevard, but in the final built version the facade facing the Hudson Boulevard park is almost completely featureless blue glass, with a small cutout where the “spiral” pattern continues on the south side of the base (facing 34th Street).
This was an unfortunate change because now the west side of the base is largely an unappealing glass wall, even though that’s the part of the building the public will interact with the most, due to the presence of the park, Vessel, and subway station to the west.
Early models with terraces on the west side of the base:
Yeah, that was the iteration before the whole building was just flipped around, I don’t know why it was flipped around though (and everything kept the same) because your point is valid about the interaction on the front entrance. But the terraces on the podium are also no longer deep bays, only surface balconies that are barely inset from the street wall. There won’t be trees on them anymore, but there may still be vines on the railings.
Usually I’d agree, I just ordered my 15th model. I know some previous models have had design errors in the past, but on this one they missed the whole top middle spiral. It just bugs my OCD too much lol. I reached out to them about it and they said that if they make a mold in a larger scale or reissue it in the future that they’d fix it though. Here’s hoping they do! I’d love to add this building to my collection
A year ago when I last visited NY, I stayed at the Sheraton Lincoln from nearly that exact viewpoint and got to see Hudson Yards for the 4 days I was out there in incredible detail! Taking a ferry each day to and from was a treat in itself! I hope to go back in the coming weeks
I’ve seen this one in person from the ESB and whatever ‘spiral’ lights get completely washed out due to the office lighting. It’s incredibly disappointing. The design of the building itself is nothing really praiseworthy either. It’s pretty boring.