Two years after developer Tishman Speyer first announced that it would build its own Hudson Yards skyscraper—one designed by starchitect du jour Bjarke Ingels, no less—the project is finally making big strides.
Tishman announced that it has secured financing for the building, dubbed the Spiral, which puts it on track to begin construction in June. The skyscraper will be located just outside the boundaries of Related’s massive Hudson Yards parcel, spanning the entire block bounded by Tenth Avenue, Hudson Boulevard, 34th Street, and 35th Street. As YIMBY previously noted, the buildings that once occupied the site at the northwest corner of 34th Street and Tenth Avenue were razed late last year, paving the way for construction to begin.
The Spiral also has its first big-name tenant: Pharmaceutical conglomerate Pfizer will vacate its Midtown East HQ, built in the 1960s, and take 800,000 square feet in the new tower.
In typical Bjarke Ingels fashion, the building will have an atypical design: Its glass facade will be punctuated by a series of vertical gardens, which will wrap around the building, giving it that distinctive twisting appearance (hence the name).
The skyscraper will stand 1,031 feet tall over 65 stories when completed, according to the developer. That brings the total number of supertalls in the construction-packed Hudson Yards area to four, with two of Related’s towers and Brookfield’s One Manhattan West making the cut. (Moinian’s ever-so-slightly smaller 3 Hudson Boulevard will also rise nearby.)
The tower is expected to wrap construction in 2022, according to Tishman.