Not since Rockefeller Center has a project been placed with so much ambition and hope for the future. In today’s overly politicized, overly combative, unkempt atmosphere Hudson Yards had a small prelude to a future that contrasted with this present on May 31, 2016. On that day, 10 Hudson Yards was completed and established a foothold in the area. Of things to come 10 Hudson Yards, also known as Tower C or the South Tower, was a great introduction.
10 Hudson was the first for a variety of reasons. Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, it is the only building built on Manhattan’s natural schist- the rest of HY will be on the artificial platform above the rail Yards. KPF designed this to be eye catching and to compliment 30 Hudson Yards. Both of these buildings add to the skyline in their own way but 10 Hudson goes the extra mile. Literally. On its base it is connected to the High Line itself, creating an amazing cantilever over the park not only offering another entrance to the building but quite possibly the greatest connection on the entire High Line itself.
Design wise, it is one of the more notable towers in HY. Facing the city itself, the tower has a unique glass facade. Rather than the usual glass and steel affair that most skyscrapers are conceived with, KDF used a system of shingles that really stand out big up close and from a distance. These glass panels meet at a stone base, offering one hell of a contrast that compliments them entire tower and gives HY the most interesting plaza with the High Line and street becoming part of 10 Hudson in ways few architects can manage.
The tenants of 10 Hudson would make any other tower blush in embarrassment. Coach Inc is the primary tenant, alongside the likes of L’Oreal and SAP. Fairway, a local and popular supermarket here in the city, is poised to open up a location right on 10. This was the first tower to introduce me to HY and I can tell you it left me impressed in every single way. From its design to its stone base to the awesome High Line connection I knew within the first 5 minutes that this was a very special tower.
Taken on August 8, 2018 on a Lumix LX100.