Posted on 17 Mar
The most iconic skyline in the world will soon feature a new 65-story tower, with a twist. Renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is bringing his signature style to Manhattan’s West Side, unveiling plans for The Spiral, a 1,005-foot Manhattan office tower that will occupy an entire block on Tenth Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, between 34th and 35th Streets. The latest creation from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will feature a series of landscaped terraces ascending like a coiling ribbon around the building, creating a continuous green pathway circling to the top of the skyscraper. Every floor of the tower seamlessly connects to hanging gardens, where tenants will be able to enjoy majestic views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Hudson River from outdoors. Inside the skyscraper, 2.85 million square feet of contemporary office space features cascading open-air atriums connected by stairwells for an effortless flow from floor to floor. The open layout “from the ground floor to the summit creates a single uninterrupted workspace” intended to inspire collaboration and creativity. “He [Ingels] understands the tectonic shifts that are happening not just in design but fundamentally in how people are interacting with one another within buildings,” Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer, the global real estate firm backing the project, said of the designer. The Spiral will be the 4th largest tower in the Hudson Yards district currently under construction on the West Side. It “punctuates the High Line as the dot on the end of the question mark,” said Mr. Ingels, referring to the 1.45-mile urban green space that runs atop a historic freight rail line. Bjarke Ingels is an internationally-acclaimed architect known for innovative designs that incorporate sustainable urban living. His works span the globe, from Shanghai, China to Tallinn, Estonia to Baku, Azerbaijan. The Wall Street Journal named him Innovator of the Year for architecture in 2011. Among other projects, BIG is working on the new Google headquarters in Mountain View, California and the Two World Trade Center skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. Watch a 360-degree video of The Spiral here.