NEWS U RBAN DE VELOPMENT
CHANGING Following the long awaited launch of New York’s Hudson Yards neighbourhood, we take a look at how some of the leisure facilities are shaping up and speak to SOM’s David Childs
n March, the public were invited to the
Times’ Michael Kimmelman described it as: “A supersized
Hudson Yards mega development.
gated condo community targeted at the 0.1 percent.”
project in US history, Hudson Yards sees the
shopping mall, gardens and public squares in large numbers
Manhattan. Built above a cluster of rail yards, the
which offers views across Hudson Yards and out to the
it will encompass 14 acres of public space and
arts centre – designed by Rockwell Group and Diller Scofidio
launch of the first phase of New York’s
Billed as the largest private real estate
suburban-style office park, with a shopping mall and a quasiNone of this seems to be stopping people visiting the
creation of a huge new neighbourhood west of
though. Thomas Heatherwick’s 150ft-tall Vessel structure,
development spans 28 acres; when complete
Hudson River, has proved hugely popular, while the Shed
18 million square feet of office, retail, and residential space.
+ Renfro – has also attracted high numbers of visitors.
Group, with its buildings designed by architects including Diller
Yards, of course; this is a project that will roll out over the coming
The project is led by Related Companies and Oxford Properties
It’s too early to measure the long-term success of Hudson
Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group, SOM and Kohn Pedersen Fox.
years, with the final buildings not due for completion until 2026.
Some architecture critics have pointed to a lack of unity
occupyies the area from 11th to 12th Avenues between West 30th
offers and high end condominiums mean it’s targeted to the
will include approximately 6,220,000 square feet, incorporating
Reaction to the development so far has been mixed.
Phase 2 of development at Hudson Yards, named Western Yard,
of the architecture, while others have said the luxury retail
and West 33rd Streets. When it’s completed, the Western Yard
wealthy rather than to average New Yorkers. The New York
several residential towers, an office complex and a school.
Photo at top of page, from left to right, the architects of Hudson Yards: David Manfredi, David Rockwell, Elizabeth Diller, Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen, Norman Foster, Thomas Woltz, Thomas Heatherwick and David Childs