Hudson Yards: Building New York’s New District | The B1M


Hudson Yards is the largest private development
project in United States history. Really it’s much more than just a project, and is in effect
creating an entire new district or neighbourhood on the west side of Manhattan Island in New
York. The 28 acre site is nestled between the Hudson
River, Chelsea, Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen; an area that’s fast becoming a hub for fashion,
communications and the arts. Google and a number of other tech companies have recently
put down roots there. The vast mixed-use Hudson Yards scheme will
provide more than 5 million square meters of commercial and residential space, an arts
centre, a luxury hotel, a shopping centre, restaurants, a 750-place public school and
14 acres of open space. It is split into two distinct phases; the Eastern and Western Yards
respectively. The USD $20 billion project commenced in 2012
and has created more than 23,000 construction jobs. It is scheduled to fully complete in 2024.
By then, some 125,000 people a day will work in, visit, or call Hudson Yards their home.
The companies operating out of the office towers will contribute close to USD $19 billion
a year to New York City’s GDP. Perhaps even more impressive than the project
masterplan is the engineering feat that is has taken to bring the Hudson Yards site itself
into existence. Demand for space on the densely-populated
Manhattan Island led the development team to consider an area currently occupied by
an active railyard. By forming two platforms over the yard, the clear space above it has
been made available for development. The railyard contains 30 active Long Island
Rail Road tracks, three sub-surface rail tunnels used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, a passageway
and the new Gateway Tunnel completed in 2014. Specific parts of this yard are able to be
built upon and the team have used those spaces to strategically construct foundations and
supports for the structures above. The Eastern Yard’s platform is supported
by 300 caissons drilled between the railway tracks, deep into New York’s bedrock. Scheduled
to complete in 2016, the Eastern Yard platform alone weighs 35,000 tonnes. Far from simple slabs of concrete, the platforms
must respond to the new spaces they create both above and below them. Their surface will
be planted with trees in many areas so soils have been engineered to provide drainage and
nutrients. There’s also a storm-water storage tank and a system pumping coolant through
piping in the slab, ensuring the trees are not cooked by the heat from the train yard
below. Down there, temperatures could climb as high as 65 degrees Celsius, so industrial
fans will be used to improve airflow and cool the space down. The engineering of the platforms was a joint
achievement by Thornton Tomasetti, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services and
Arup. With a solid, clear site created on its platforms,
the Hudson Yards development soars skyward. At its core is 30 Hudson Yards, designed by
Bill Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. As the second-tallest office building in New
York, the 395 metre tower will surpass the Empire State Building in providing the city’s
highest outdoor observation deck. Time Warner, Wells Fargo Securities and investment firm
KKR are just some of its expected occupants. The neighbouring 35 Hudson Yards tower, designed
by David Childs and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill will house exclusive apartments, a luxury
hotel, a spa and further office space. At 304 meters, this will be the tallest residential
tower on the site. Across the way, 55 Hudson Yards anchors the
north-west corner of the development. Once operational in mid-2018, the 237 meter structure
will provide further office space including an open terrace on its tenth floor. 15 Hudson Yards is expected to be the first
residential building to open. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group and
Ismael Leyva Architects, it tapers to a height of 277 meters. 10 Hudson Yards opened in May 2016. The 272
meter tower was again designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and provides state-of-art-office
space for the likes of L’Oréal. Its structure bridges part of the public park space to maintain
permeability. The Shed is an innovative new space that will
act as New York’s centre for artistic invention. Due to open in 2019, it will commission and
present the work of artists across various disciplines. The development also includes a hub of high-end
retail units and leading restaurants. This will be a key entry point offering access
to both the subway and the city’s High Line. Historically an elevated freight railway ran
along the west side of Manhattan, though it was abandoned in 1980. More recently it has
been turned into a unique public park that stretches one and a half miles from the Meatpacking
district through Chelsea and up towards Hell’s Kitchen. The park has rejuvenated and increased the
desirability of these areas, driving a number of developments along its route, perhaps most
notably in the form of Hudson Yards. The final portion stretches around the site and will
be a key conduit between the new district and the wider city. Hudson Yards is an incredible engineering
achievement that will clearly make a significant cultural and economic contribution to New
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100 thoughts on “Hudson Yards: Building New York’s New District | The B1M

  • In the mid 70's to the mid 80's I knew Manhattan island like the back of my hand. Countless little nooks and crannies, alleyways, and waterfront areas we explored. With most of it long gone I wish I had recorded it. We took it for granted that it would always be that way. It is astonishing that NYC could possibly have changed that drastically in 30 or 40 years. I suppose I should not be surprised, change is what New York City is all about. But I go there now and I almost don't know where I'm at ! It is the old waterfront I most miss.

  • The hardest thing about a development like this must be getting the poor people out so they can start working. How do they do it?

  • Once YOU blocked the viewof the Empire Estate building from the skyline why don't you paint it all black! This is GROWG! Every holiday from now on we cant enjoy the holiday lights anymore!

  • I want to echo what has already been said about the lack of affordable housing.  Though this video is essentially a promotional commercial for this development, it should be noted that there was a lot of local criticism for the lack of economic diversity ( which means racial diversity) in this scheme. This project has tax dollars and tax breaks making it possible.  I wish these videos mentioned the public-private partnerships that makes these kind of projects possible all over the developed world. What wasn't mentioned is that the Highline there feels claustrophobic and you get to be a voyeur into the homes of the 1% (not my idea of fun). Additionally, all the glass reflections create a heat sink that makes that part of the Highline kind of painful in the summers, like a reflector oven.  This is the issue with all the glass towers being built all over the planet and the lack of diversity in materials.  I am not against the development of this area.  I just wish it had been done in a very different way.  The scale of the place is numbing and kind of inhuman.  There is a much better development to the south in Manhattan called Battery Park City, which is very popular and feels very human.  I would suggest that people who don't live in New York Google that to see how development can be done in a humane way.  BTW, it would have been great if this film would have addressed the issue of possible future flooding of Hudson Yards, as its only about 100 meters from the Hudson River, which flooded the nearby neighborhood of Chelsea during super storm Sandy.

  • Can we not have anymore weird ass flash shards as our skyscrapers can we start building some old styled ones ranging from the 20s-70s?

  • Mentions the name of every architecture and engineering firm, except the landscape architect behind the High Line, which helped all of this development happen. Classic.

  • And new york will just look like others city in the world. Just look like kuala lumpur, china, indonesia,Where all the developers build their building with many pattern. And city at the end will be messy since the road will be bought for construction.

  • As always great video. But Manhattan is becoming more and more off limits for the middle class and the poor. It will end up losing its sociologic diversity.

  • The large and popular cities are like living cells that grow higher and wider.
    The city has a mind of it's own. It wants to move people, to sell them things and to create productivity.

    It's like a giant machine for creating and spending. A very curious machine 🙂

  • I'm wondering if – like the "needle" super-skinny high-rise luxury towers that overlook Central Park – most of the Hudson Yards residential units are being bought by investors and rich people (because no 'real people' can afford them). Their luxury residences look occupied, decorated, kept as if people are there but no one lives in them. Perhaps only visit once or twice a year.
    Ultra-expensive high-rise ghost towns. I've heard the same about other 'luxury residences" in cities like London, San Francisco, Seattle , Toronto. Mostly Chinese, some Russian .
    No affordable housing and only drives up prices for units in older buildings in surrounding areas.

  • The shape and design of the buildings is "ok" and they're designed to appeal to foreign investors not Americans. The "Jenga" building in Lower Manhattan is a hideous monstrosity – not appealing as a "high rise" whatsoever.

  • Hideous blue glass can be anywhere project.
    Glass buildings have low insulation and waste more energy.
    Those buildings should have been built inspired by NYC’s pre-war greatness with brick and mortar.
    Architects theese days have no regards for historic areas. What makes NY NY is it’s distinct industral and ornamental architecture.

  • half of each residential buildings wont even be inhabited cus its priced for rich people with not enough to go around, won't do shit for housing crisis in ny, and the entire community will become some luxury spa resort type shit
    jobs n all but the people working return right back to the ghetto "projects" in queens brook bronx after working their days worth of min wage

  • Very interesting subject matter, and enjoyable to watch… that being said, I find it hard not to stare at the narrators unique Green Eyes… quite different and Beautiful really 🙂

  • I watch your videos with great fascination. Could you make a video on how to build a micro city state – like Monaco or Macau. How are the these tiny cities able to cram so many people and buildings and still manage to avoid choking traffic, swarms of people and any inkling of an overcrowded cities

  • If San Francisco, San Jose, and New York City built enough new housing that ordinary people who make less than 50K a year could live there, it would increase the GDP of the United States by almost 10%. Look it up.

  • How disappointing … NOT REALLY GOOD ENOUGH for Manhattan. …. I agree with all the negative comments below. … We've seen enough of this Dubai-style construction …. Smart cities might have to legislate that a certain % of low-cost AND medium cost housing be incorporated into such projects. Otherwise where are the schoolteachers, housekeepers, nurses, policemen and tradespeople going to live?

  • I wake up with mountain views from every window with the sound of water crashing into rocks. You couldn't pay me to live there. To each their own.

  • I would love to get a complete revamp of Hell's Kitchen and build a half dozen arcologies in a hexagon around the worlds tallest building… A SPACE ELEVATOR.
    Now, perhaps the space elevator would not be a feasible building at New York's latitude, but it would surely remind the world just what city is at the top of the urban heap.

  • When do they build a wall around all of it to keep the average person out? Lets be real this is for the rich.

  • I will not pay 100 billions for 5 year's project…i prefer buying a team soccer football rockie bassball basket ball… you now it won't pay you back for more then 20 years this project of B1M

  • hub for: fashion, communication and the arts….. Code for: Rich white people who like to tell others how to live their lives, while living in multi million dollar apartments.

  • Been there a few days ago. So according to the images here that half-finished observation egg in front of the Neiman Marcus building won't stay, that's good.

  • I always thought the High-line would be a direct extension for the 7 line down to World Trade Centre, instead here comes the loop line..

  • Ugly, ugly, ugly. Bladerunner post apocalyptic architecture, without the cool factor. A soulless boutique mall for the 1% surrounded by sharp, uninspired silver boxes.

  • They are building a crazy amount of new skyscrapers in NYC and Chicago. There's at least 12 new HUGE projects going on in Chicago, right now. I think the elite want to herd everyone in the mega-cities…….easier to control.

  • Pathetic.. while other areas of the city continue to crumble… unnecessary waste of money that could be used for a million other things.

  • When they showed us the original 'park' I noticed it was an active train yard and wondered whether I was missing something. Great engineering.

  • I found it funny when a certain religion got mad when snap chat labelled a certain area of new York's map after that religion. Hey the majority of landlords are from that race. How can you get mad? Would love an answer

  • it looks like they are all the same height 🙁 i am wondering with all the buildings going up how that will impact prices. you don't want strip mall syndrome in NYC

  • Why don't the "powers that be" take all that energy building new towers to Albany, NY? It's the State Capital. There's plenty of room. Not as crowded.

  • Apart from being noticeable in the skyline and giving tourists a new place to go it adds nothing to the city other then more room for rich people

  • Great video! This is quite similar to another project, Oakridge – the living city, in Vancouver. Essentially an entire new district outside the city.

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