At Hudson Yards, Kohn Pedersen Fox is working to realise the dream of developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group to alter the city’s skyline and transform the city’s
Finding space for new development in a mature city is a challenge in itself – and even more so if the site is still in active use as a major railway hub, no less. Such is the case at Hudson Yards in
The single largest piece of undeveloped property in
“The site is home to active yards, which makes the project incredibly challenging,” says KPF principal James von Klemperer. “Hudson Yards is a lifeline of rail connections to
The LIRR is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island,
The project will provide both public parks and cultural attractions. Private streets and 2,600 parking spaces will serve six million square feet of commercial space featuring large, flexible floor plates, column-free space, floor-to-ceiling glass and on-site co-generation capabilities. Sitting atop a five-storey retail complex, the commercial office towers will also offer on-site parks and plazas.
“We were originally involved in an old plan to use the site for an urban stadium,” says Klemperer, “but this would mean it would sit unused outside of events. This new mixed-use plan will see Hudson Yards in constant use at all times of day, every day.”
Read the full story in the March 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!