• Bjarke Ingels design `extends the High Line into the skyline'
  • Plans call for landscaped terraces wrapping around facade

Tishman Speyer unveiled a design by Bjarke Ingels for a 65-story skyscraper in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards area that will have a spiral of landscaped terraces wrapping around its facade, allowing for outdoor space on every floor above its six-story base.

The tower, to be called the Spiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard, will rise 1,005 feet (306 meters) and contain 2.85 million square feet (265,000 square meters) of floor space, Tishman Speyer said in a statement Monday. Situated a block east of the northern terminus of Manhattan’s High Line park, once an abandoned train trestle, the design will form “an ascending ribbon of lively green spaces, extending the High Line into the skyline,” Ingels said in a video posted on the website for the project.

The Spiral
The Spiral
Source: Tishman Speyer

The tower is Tishman Speyer’s entrant in the race to extend the Midtown business district west toward the Hudson River. Related Cos. is leading development in the area with its 28-acre (11.3-hectare) Hudson Yards project, built mostly over a railroad yard that serves nearby Pennsylvania Station. Three skyscrapers are rising at that site. Moinian Group is planning a tower close to Tishman Speyer’s site, to be called 3 Hudson Boulevard.

Tishman Speyer -- which operates Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building and MetLife Building -- said it’s obtained more than $1 billion of equity for the project from a group of unidentified international investors. The company intends to use the funds partly to acquire additional development rights.

Seen from the West Side
Seen from the West Side
Source: Tishman Speyer

The site was acquired in two separate transactions in 2014. It’s bounded by 10th Avenue, West 34th and 35th streets, and Hudson Boulevard, a new tree-lined greenway that connects the Related project with 42nd Street to the north.

Ingels, 41, is one of the world’s most sought-after architects, with New York projects including a pyramid-shaped apartment tower on 57th Street near the West Side Highway. The 2 World Trade Center project designed by Ingels suffered a setback last month when 21st Century Fox Inc. and News Corp Inc. pulled out.

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