“I get to be one of the first art and architecture critics here, and I really like what I see,” said New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at the September 14 unveiling of Thomas Heatherwick’s design for a monumental landmark at Hudson Yards—a $20 billion development along the Manhattan’s west side, spearheaded by Related Companies and Oxford Properties. But his praise came with a word of caution to the London-based designer: “If you meet 100 New Yorkers, you will find 100 different opinions,” he said. “Do not be dismayed—this is just the way we are.”
The first building in New York’s sprawling Hudson Yards development is open for business. Today, 10 Hudson Yards—one component of the multi-billion project on the city’s west side—welcomed its first group of tenants, luxury goods company, Coach, Inc.
Bjarke Ingels continues to write his west side story with yet another icon along the Hudson River. Today, developer Tishman Speyer unveiled the architect’s design for The Spiral, a 65-story, 2.85 million-square-foot office tower.
10 Hudson Yards, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is nine stories out of the ground. It will reach 52 stories. The steel platform that is vital to the $20 billion Hudson Yards mega-project in Manhattan—what will allow three high-rise towers to be built atop of working railroad tracks on the eastern half of the site—is taking shape, after a slow start. For a time it seemed like the project would never happen at all; the development team was chosen in 2008, but groundbreaking didn’t occur until well after the recession, in late 2012. But on Thursday, large sections of the