Mar. 31, 2021 - YIMBY

Construction has topped out on 555 West 38th Street, a 570-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Hudson Yards. Developed by Rockrose and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with SLCE as the architect of record, the 52-story structure will add 598 rental units to this growing section of Midtown. The site is located along Eleventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.

Recent photos show the significant progress on the project since our last update in December, when the reinforced concrete superstructure had passed the halfway mark. Now, the glass curtain wall has been installed up to a similar mark on the unconventional massing.

The bifurcated building massing features a number of idiosyncratic features, with several elevations sloped in different directions. The most notable use of this design aspect is seen on the centerline of the wide western elevation.

Adding texture to the all-glass façade are thin blue panels forming an oversized rectangular grid that follows the slanted edges.

We caught a glimpse of a section of the construction crane being disassembled and lowered to ground level. The rest of the crane should quickly come down and be fully removed in the coming weeks.

The podium is substantially finished in its final exterior surface, and the only section remaining to be enclosed is the upper portion of the tower.

One level of mechanical grilles can be spotted around the midway point of the slender southern side.

The following photos show the staggering amount of new construction that has transformed this part of New York City in just the past year alone. Other nearby skyscrapers such as 450 Eleventh Avenue, 550 Tenth Avenue, The Spiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard, 50 Hudson Yards, and 601 West 29th Street have extended the Midtown skyline further north from Related Companies’ first phase of Hudson Yards.

555 West 38th Street is planned to complete construction in the fall of 2022.