Last year, Tishman Speyer paid two tenants $25 million to vacate a small apartment on its development site in Hudson Yards. The hefty settlement cleared the way for the commercial real estate developer to build a massive office tower at 509 West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. Now the firm has filed plans for the 64-story building, which has been named “The Spiral” and comes with a second address at 66 Hudson Boulevard.
The 1,005-foot-tall development will rise across the street from an entrance to the new 7 train station and next to Hudson Yards Park. Bjarke Ingels is designing the building, but Adamson Associates Architects applied for the permits. BIG’s vision for the facade involves a series of stepped, landscaped terraces snaking around the tower. Back in February, here’s how Ingels described the design:
“Designed for the people that occupy it, The Spiral ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted work space. The string of terraces wrapping around the building expand the daily life of the tenants to the outside air and light.”
The filing calls for 2.2 million square feet of commercial space. Tishman’s landing page for the project, however, claims the tower will span 2.8 million square feet and include 27,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The main part of the tower will reach 962 feet into the air, but a mechanical bulkhead will probably push the structure to its full height of 1005 feet. Each floor will be “virtually column-free” and come with outdoor space.
Tishman paid $438 million for the site in 2014, and they expect to spend $3.2 billion by the time the project is complete. The developer also expects to receive a 25-year exemption on property taxes worth $170 million, The Real Deal reported in 2014. The Spiral is supposed to open in 2019, not too long after Thomas Heatherwick’s zany, $150 million sculpture arrives in the park next door.