Five teams compete to develop 12m sq ft Hudson rail yards site
Five teams are in the running to develop a 26-acre site owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and located in Midtown Manhattan. Those teams are the Durst Organization and Vornado Realty Trust with architects FX Fowle and Pelli Clarke Pelli; Brookfield Properties with architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Thomas Phifer & Partners, ShoP Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa, and Handel Architects; Extell Development Company with architect Steven Holl; Tishman Speyer Properties and Morgan Stanley with architect Helmut Jahn and landscape architect Peter Walker; and Related Companies and Goldman Sachs with architects Kohn Pederson Fox, Robert A.M. Stern, and Arquitectonica. All teams have been asked to provide about 12 million square feet of residential and commercial space, a cultural building, retail and parks. And, all teams have incorporated the High Line, the defunct overhead railway, in their designs.
The Hudson Yards is a huge swath of land located on the Far West Side of Manhattan from 10th Avenue and the Hudson River between 30th and 33rd street. The land, which is the largest undeveloped site left in Manhattan, is owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and includes the Jacob Javitz Convention Center. The site was recently proposed for a new Stadium for the New York Jets football team and a sports and entertainment zone.
The Durst Organization’s scheme is envisioned as a sustainable development. There are four office buildings, one a 1.5 million square foot tower owned and occupied by Conde Nast and a 12-acre public park. The scheme calls for 7,000 residential units, 20% of which will be set aside for low to moderate-income families.
Tishman Speyer’s scheme, which envisions 13 towers, would be anchored by a 3 million square foot headquarters building for Morgan Stanley. It envisions 13 acres of public open space and 7 residential buildings housing 3000 apartments. Plans call for retail space to be located under the High Line.
Related Companies proposal is anchored by a 2 million square foot headquarters building for NewsCorp, which counts among its brands the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, the New York Post and My Space. There is an additional 3.7 million square feet of commercial space proposed and 5000 residential units, 2000 of which will be rental units.
Fifteen acres of park space, including a new ‘Central Park’ is proposed along with 1 million square feet of shops, restaurants and galleries in a mix of architectural styles. This scheme is memorable for its iconic waterfront bridge.
Brookfield Properties has brought six different architecture firms on board for its proposal. Their scheme, dubbed Hudson Place, calls for four commercial towers, and eight residential buildings, including two apartment buildings connected with a bridge. This scheme features the tallest building at approximately 1,300 ft tall, and a long linear park, in which the High Line would be reused as a promenade with shops and galleries.
Last but not least is Extell Development Company’s proposal. It calls for seventeen buildings, a deck spanning the rail lines that uses suspension bridge technology that will become a park, and an amphitheatre. Six of the towers will have angled tops to allow for sunlight to penetrate the deck. This scheme would reuse the High Line as a park and promenade and features a pedestrian bridge.
The MTA plans to select a winner by March ’08.
Main image: Tishman Speyer Properties
Thumbnails from left to right: Images 1 & 2 - Brookfield Properties, images 3 & 4 - Durst Organization, image 5 - Extell Development Company and image 6 - Related Companies.
US WAN Correspondent