BIG designs 'The Spiral' tower for NYC Hudson Yards development

Dive Brief:

  • Developer Tishman Speyer has revealed the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) design for a 1,005-foot-tall, 65-story glass skyscraper called "The Spiral," which will be built in Manhattan’s massive mixed-use Hudson Yards development.
  • The building, taking up one full block near the High Line elevated park, will feature a spiral of landscaped terraces wrapped around its exterior, creating an outdoor space on every floor above the six-story base, according to Bloomberg. BIG said the terraces form "an ascending ribbon of lively green spaces, extending the High Line into the skyline."
  • Tishman Speyer said it is funding its foray into the Hudson Yards development with $1 billion from an international investment group to be used for "The Spiral," as well as other development rights. The development company counts the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center as part of its portfolio.

Dive Insight:

The building's base will include approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space, a large "amenity terrace" on the seventh floor and 30-foot lobby ceilings, Dezeen reported.

The building plan also allows tenants to alter the interior to accommodate a multistory design. "This element offers an alternative to elevators, thus encouraging physical activity and enhanced interaction among colleagues," Tishman Speyer said in a statement.

BIG is widely recognized as an innovator of design and is the architect of several high profile projects in the U.S. The Danish architecture firm is behind Google's greenhouse-style 2.5 million-square-foot Silicon Valley campus, which features a waved-glass design and buildings with movable floors, ceilings and walls. BIG also created the stepped design of the 80-story 2 World Trade Center.

Most recently, the Washington Redskins announced that it hired BIG to design its new stadium in preparation for the NFL team's anticipated move from FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

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Top image credit: Tishman Speyer