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Looks like it belongs in Houston!

 

mw is still u/c, but already its way too tall/massive and the glass is too quality for anything houston would need.

 

also, its literally built over an active transit railyard, which is the opposite of sprawly texas.

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speaking of tall and massive, this is the biggest tower inside the hy site — its 30hy aka the north tower

 

 

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In that picture there's what, 2 buildings that existed a handful of years ago? Both in the lower right. To think there's still so much more to come out of the Hudson Yards and Hudson Boulevard area.

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I don't like this glass modern architecture. It's so mundane, the only originality in the structure is the shape it takes on. The facades don't tell any kind of a story.

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That's not really true though in person. 10 and 30 are fully blue glass (which I'll get to below) but the rest each do something with their facade to differentiate them beyond just form.

 

15 Hudson Yards has a differentiation in the facade treatment that transitions with the interior usage as well as notates which area the culture shed will be accepted when fully closed.

 

35 Hudson Yards has a gradient of glass and stone that becomes more glassy at the top.

 

55 Hudson Yards has a really nice black steel framing detail to its windows that becomes more clear and appreciable as you get closer to the building.

 

The two fully blue glass buildings, 10 and 30, have a variety of glazing treatments, the most noteworthy of which looks like the scales of some sort of reptile up close.

 

In the next phase we'll continue to get new buildings by different architects. I'm not saying the towers in Hudson Yards are the greatest ever, but they're definitely not mundane or all the same. Each one does feature something unique, albeit often subtle, through its facade.

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I don't like this glass modern architecture. It's so mundane, the only originality in the structure is the shape it takes on. The facades don't tell any kind of a story.

 

 

there is nothing mundane or unoriginal with the base of 10hy aka the coach tower, that is for sure. its the most unusual i have ever noticed. its bi-level with main entrances both on the ground and at the elevated highline park level inside what is now temporarily its own courtyard. it also straddles over the soon to open highline park stub. i mean, how many towers are built over a railyard with multilevel entrances and an elevated city park running right through them? quite a design, engineering and construction feat and quite unusual!

 

 

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Hudson Yards multidisciplinary arts center sets opening date

 

The Shed will debut on April 5 with several notable commissions

By Amy Plitt@plitter  Jan 9, 2019, 9:30am EST

 

 

Big things are happening at Hudson Yards this year: By the end of March, many of its public amenities—the shopping center, a bunch of restaurants, a public park, and Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel—will debut, bringing the long under-construction parcel of land on the west side to life. 

 

And now, the megaproject’s cultural center, the Shed, is getting ready for its close-up; the venue announced today that it will open on April 5. 

 

more:

 

https://ny.curbed.com/2019/1/9/18175164/hudson-yards-new-york-the-shed-opening-date

 

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Hudson Yards: A timeline of the megaproject’s biggest buildings

 

Checking in on the ambitious, multi-billion dollar megaproject

By Ameena Walker and Amy Plitt  Updated Jan 9, 2019, 2:38pm EST

 

 

In the decade-plus since the 2005 rezoning that created the Hudson Yards Special District, the area within its borders has become a neighborhood transformed. 

 

Though many developments have capitalized on the rebranding of the neighborhood, the megaproject known as Hudson Yards officially sits atop the rail yards roughly bounded by 10th and 11th avenues, and 30th and 34th streets. This particular parcel, developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, is now giving rise to supertall towers, high-end apartments, new parkland, and more. 

 

While the entire Hudson Yards project still has a long way to go before it’s actually a neighborhood—construction on the West Side rail yards has yet to even commence—the ambitious, multi-billion dollar project has made plenty of progress. On March 15, 2019, all of the restaurants and food halls are expected to open, along with a host of high-end stores and the project’s new public park.

 

 

 

more:

 

https://ny.curbed.com/2018/4/4/17115600/hudson-yards-construction-timeline-building-status-nyc

 

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mock ups for 509 w34st aka the spiral

 

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from rob harper's insta -- the pit for the spiral -- the foreground pit is for related's norman foster 50 hy (1,011')

 

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pit work

 

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and just recently, the crane going up

 

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render from developer tishman speyer (1,032')

 

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topping off the tallest hy bldg so far -- 30 hy (1,268')

 

 

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and all about the observation deck -- opening in march:

 

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for opening day yesterday i walked around after work. i came from grand central and it was strange to be on the 7 train at the last stop with lots of people on it as normally no one goes to hy. well thats about to change lol.

 

then getting out it was weird to see the construction fencing down and all the openness after so long. its not often a whole neighborhood opens up in a day.

 

it was stunning to see the towers up close and the vessel thing is just enormous, much larger than i thought and it looks just stunning up close.

 

the mall is a mall, but it has what i believe these days they call a nicely 'curated' variety of high end shops and restaurants. who know how well it will do, but you can't say they didn't try. there were dj's and flash mob dance performances inside and out and all in all it was quite a nice opening day celebration.

 

if you go, for right now there is nothing to do but look around or go in the new mall. the towers are still u/c and the shed performance center the observation deck are not open quite yet. the shed opens next month with performances. not sure when the observation platform opens, but i saw you can access it inside the mall. you will need to sign up for free timed tix to walk up on the vessel for a while they said so they can control the crowds.

 

after a look around i walked home on the highline. walking away i saw a large line on the street below the coach tower for what is supposed to be the spain version of eataly called mercado little spain. 

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On 7/25/2018 at 4:09 PM, mrnyc said:

i took this one yesterday and oh boy i gotta share — yeoow!

 

 

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Tell me more about the Jetsons-looking building in the front.  All it needs is to be on very tall stilts and it would fit right in the show.

 

I like Hudson Yards-such a good idea to develop this over all those tracks.

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^ i know right? its worrying looking. i got tix to go up next week so we will see how easy or hard it is to climb on or how safe.

 

btw the jetsons bldg is an apt bldg along the highline by zaha hadid.

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I can't wait to visit the Vessel. NYC really hit a home run there, it's going to be an epic tourist destination.

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15 hours ago, mrnyc said:

^ i know right? its worrying looking. i got tix to go up next week so we will see how easy or hard it is to climb on or how safe.

 

btw the jetsons bldg is an apt bldg along the highline by zaha hadid.

Yeah I was looking around the net and saw that. I am not exactly a huge fan of her work but I really like that one.

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20 hours ago, mrnyc said:

^ i know right? its worrying looking. i got tix to go up next week so we will see how easy or hard it is to climb on or how safe.

 

btw the jetsons bldg is an apt bldg along the highline by zaha hadid.

 

There is an elevator.  I wasn't impressed.

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well if developer stephen ross can climb the vessel anybody can -- he is literally one thousand years old:

 

https://nypost.com/2019/03/15/why-the-hudson-yards-vessel-is-200m-worth-of-glistening-glory/

 

 

 

of course people are really reacting to the vessel now: 

 

 

beehive or schwarma?

 

https://ny.eater.com/2019/3/15/18265718/hudson-yards-vessel-shawarma

 

 

 

all your vessel content belong to us

 

https://nypost.com/2019/03/18/visitors-to-hudson-yards-vessel-must-sign-over-content-rights/

 

 

 

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^^ That interior shot is disturbing. It looks like some kind of endless human/maze/beehive/anthill.  It is Orwellian, or like something from a mall in hell.

 

The outside is so much better. 

 

It is amazing though how it all has been coming together. Especially when you look at the first page and the mess of a railyard the site was. Other cities can benefit from seeing how NYC has done this(one in particular that should cover up the damn railways through it's grand lakefront park, but I won't mention it.)

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Oh, we know...

 

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a roundup of vessel h8 via hyperallergic:

 

 

There is so much hate for Thomas Heatherwick’s “Vessel” in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, and here are my two favorites (though you should make sure to read Michael Kimmelman’s take on Hudson Yards at the New York Times).

 

First, Feargus O’Sullivan at City Lab:

 

Because, frankly, many of Heatherwick’s projects stink. Time and again, his designs crop up in urban ensembles that look as if the dystopian world of Orwell’s 1984 had been given a kooky Wes Anderson makeover. It’s not aesthetics that are the inherent problem, however. The issue is that the kind of developments that Heatherwick’s structures brand appear playful but are actually loci for a queasy mix of distraction and surveillance, places that promise cheerful hi-jinx but which enforce consumption-driven regimentation on their users. Look at the Vessel (which some wags have already informally renamed “the Shawarma,” thanks to its resemblance to a spinning meatloaf-cone). Here’s a fun $200 million tower of staircases that invites visitors to clamber—but only under ludicrously strict conditions and control. Like many of his projects, it’s essentially a gaudy monument to being only ever-so-slightly free.

 

 

Then, Kate Wagner at The Baffler:

 

It is a Vessel for capital, for a real estate grift that can charge more for an already multi-million dollar apartment because it merely faces it. It is a Vessel for a so-called neighborhood that poorly masks its intention to build luxury assets for the criminally wealthy under the guise of investing in the city and “public space.” What is public space if not that land allocated (thanks to the generosity of our Real Estate overlords) to the city’s undeserving plebeians, who can interface with it in one of two ways: as consumers or interlopers, both allowed only to play from dawn ‘til dusk in the discarded shadows of the ultra-rich? Unlike a real neighborhood, which implies some kind of social collaboration or collective expression of belonging, Hudson Yards is a contrived place that was never meant for us. Because of this, the Vessel is also a Vessel for outrage like my own.

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They're full of shit. The Vessel looks awesome, is accessible to the public, and will be enjoyed by tens millions of people over time. This overanalysis is desperate and bourgey, and I bet they would have criticized the Eifel Tower with the same exaggerated rhetoric.

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yup the internet media content vacuum that needs to be filled is just insatiable, isnt it? 

 

i bet reality is that its an inverse proposition where the more they write like that the more the people will like the vessel.

 

if they want to fling mud in hy ok maybe save it for the ridiculously high end shoppes in the new mall?

 

or hows about just praise hy and the vessel for the amazing engineering and design feats that they are? no chance of that i guess. positivity doesnt sell.

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alrighty now -- so here is a look at the vessel.

 

the weather was iffy, but it was fun, especially at sunset.

 

fyi -- for the time being if you want to go you have to sign up for free timed tix:

 

https://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/discover/vessel

 

 

 

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bonus -- yesterday

 

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I agree with a post upthread (or maybe the Highline thread?) that called the Vessel alien or sinister looking. I get a foreboding feeling just looking at it. Despite that it's very creative and will be an icon for that area.

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Love it.  Thanks.


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