CLADmag issue2 2019

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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