hudson yards master plan breaks ground on first tower
hudson yards master plan breaks ground on first tower hudson yards master plan breaks ground on first tower
dec 07, 2012

hudson yards master plan breaks ground on first tower

two days ago, the ‘hudson yards redevelopment master plan‘ project by kohn pederson fox (KPF) — and developed by related companies — broke ground, beginning a 13 million square-foot (26 acre) project. the scheme is estimated to cost between 12 and 15 billion dollars and will bring in many times more in revenue and culture to manhattan’s upper west side, with an expected LEED platinum stamp of approval. dubbed the ‘city within a city,’ the large-scale rezoning will contain sixteen skyscrapers with 24 million square feet of office space, 13,500 housing units, with almost 4,000 affordable units, 1 million square feet of retail space, 2 million square feet of hotels, a subway extension, restaurant, cafe, markets, bars, a culture center and a school all organized around 14 acres of public green space.

image © visualhouse (main image © mir)



the first tower, designed by KPF, will be anchored by international fashion brand coach, will stand 895 feet in the air and is projected to be completed in 2015. it is expected that around 40,000 people will live and work within the project and will be able to enjoy structures such as ‘the culture shed’ by local firm diller, scofidio + renfo and david rockwell, the 72-storey ‘D tower’ by the same DS+R or the ‘E-tower’ by SOM.

images © mir



‘hudson yards must link to the prevailing industrial character of the west side, while also summarizing this context with a fresh visual dynamic,’ says bill pederson of KPF. ‘at a time when extraordinary urban projects are arising around the world, hudson yards will be an important symbol of new york’s continued leadership in global urbanism.’

main towers face the hudson river
image via

adjacent to central park
image © visualhouse

base of the south tower
image © visualhouse

smaller scale commercial space relates to pedestrians
image © visualhouse

hudson yards park
image courtesy of HYDC

image courtesy of HYDC

the existing site
image © KPF associates

green space masterplan
image courtesy of HYDC

site plan
image courtesy of HYDC

concept diagram
image © KPF


  • tiltation is what you must do to a box, oh and a twist might help

    isor says:
  • the towers look like a celebration of all the bad architecture from the 70/80’s, or a horrid misunderstanding of Koolhaas.

    the out of scale renderings confirm that the priority here is budget.

    keep developers out of architecture!

    andrew says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
491,179 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample