TOUR // Hudson Yards

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Developer: RELATED


640 W 28th St

New York, NY 10001


Mark Boekenheide, AIA, LEED AP


Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. It is anticipated that more than 24 million people will visit Hudson Yards every year. The site will ultimately include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, 5 state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops, 20 restaurants, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and a 150-room luxury hotel—all offering unparalleled amenities and easy access to transportation for residents, employees and guests.


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The site is located over an active rail yard that is operated by MTA. RELATED has thus invested $500 million in a platform that will hover over the active train tracks. There has been extensive planning to create an overall strategy to know where and when to build on the platform which is determined by what is built on top.


The platform itself spans extreme long distances, in some cases up to 200 ft. The platform is supported by massive columns that transfer the loads to steel members and caissons (large tubes drilled with a piece of steel and poured concrete) located in the ground.




After Hurricane Sandy, New York City faced a complete shut down with no electricity or water for a week. Because of the close location to the waterfront, RELATED has made sure to acknowledge where the water level would be and design above the anticipated storm level in order to adopt resilient design. If there were to be another storm every building would still be operational under 5ft of water.  The whole complex shares a major cogen power plant that generates electricity and water in order to not waste any energy and be more in control of the distribution of power according to where it is needed. The connectivity allows for redundancy and sharing of power.

The magnitude of this project has also allowed the incorporation of a vacuum trash system. Below grade there is a trash removal system that connects through all the buildings and ends up at a collection station to avoid any trash bag accumulation on the streets.

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The Hudson Yards will become a major tourist attraction. It has the High Line that borders the edges and the No. 7 Subway line will open shortly to easily access the site. In order to avoid a complete financial and commercial district with only offices and shops, RELATED  has also focused on designing a landscaped terrain with a centralized public space that includes outdoor activities, cultural institutions and sculpture.


Culture Shed is an innovative, accessible home for the creative industries in the Hudson Yards district. Sited along the High Line at 30th Street, this unique facility will welcome a range of activities by local and international organizations spanning the worlds of visual art, design, media and performance.


Thomas Heatherwick has been selected to design a massive sculpture piece that will be inhabitable. It will be the signature “sculpture” of the site worth $80 million and measure around 125 ft tall. It will be considered the new Rockerfeller Christmas tree but  open 365 days a year.



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Among the first buildings to go up in the Hudson Yards and will average 900ft tall and will be done in 2018. The tower is recognizable by its angle and the fact that it is the only building that spans over the highline.

It has a side core on the bottom half, then transitions into a sky lobby where the core shift to the center.

The building is specifically designed for the future tenant (Time Warner). The original design was altered in order to include additional floors in order to math the tenants needs for trading spaces.

The engineering of the building has been tested to withstand different types of explosive events, if they were to occur.


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