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BIG to Extend High Line Vertically with Spiral Tower

BIG to Extend High Line Vertically with Spiral Tower
BIG to Extend High Line Vertically with Spiral Tower, © Tishman Speyer
© Tishman Speyer

Developer Tishman Speyer has commissioned BIG to design a new office tower on the northern end of the High Line at Hudson Yards in New York City. Dubbed "The Spiral," the 1005-foot-tall tower is named after its defining feature - an "ascending ribbon of lively green spaces" that extend the High Line "to the sky," says Bjarke Ingels. 

"The Spiral combines the classic Ziggurat silhouette of the premodern skyscraper with the slender proportions and efficient layouts of the modern high-rise," adds Ingels. "Designed for the people that occupy it, The Spiral ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted work space. The string of terraces wrapping around the building expand the daily life of the tenants to the outside air and light.”

Cascading terraces. Image © Tishman Speyer
Cascading terraces. Image © Tishman Speyer

The 2.85 million square-foot tower's cascading gardens are being referred to as "the evolution of the modern, collaborative and sustainable workplace." As the developer describes, "The terraces will ascend, one per floor, in a spiraling motion to create a unique, continuous green pathway that wraps around the façade of the tower and supplies each occupant with readily accessible outdoor space."

Duplex atriums. Image © Tishman Speyer
Duplex atriums. Image © Tishman Speyer

"Each of The Spiral’s terraces, which would measure half-a-mile if laid end-to-end, will flow seamlessly into a suite of amenity spaces featuring double-height atriums and increasingly stunning views of the skyline. For multi-story tenants, the interior amenity spaces can be adapted to connect to multiple other office floors. This element offers an alternative to elevators, thus encouraging physical activity and enhanced interaction among colleagues."

Amenity space. Image © Tishman Speyer
Amenity space. Image © Tishman Speyer

The building will offer 2.85-million-square-feet of "connected and sustainable Class A" office space. It will be anchored by a large lobby and main entrance facing Hudson Boulevard East, as well as 27,000-square-feet of retail and a "spacious" seventh-floor amenity terrace. 

News of the 65-story tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard comes shortly after BIG's 2 World Trade Center was stalled due to its lack of tenants. 

© Tishman Speyer
© Tishman Speyer
  • Architects

  • Location

    66 Hudson Boulevard
  • Developer

    Tishman Speyer
  • Area

    2850000.0 ft2
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "BIG to Extend High Line Vertically with Spiral Tower" 08 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Juan_Lagarrigue · February 09, 2016

big biting more than they can chew, should have kept it honest and avoid the green cliche, but developers, you know...

Scott Smith · February 09, 2016

Would like to see a section, it doesn't seem to step back as much as he suggests.

Dezmond · February 09, 2016

Vinoly has done it in Amsterdam already :/

Mark Self · February 09, 2016

Better than the 2WTC proposal......but I wonder how windy it will be, at the top of that tower-park!! ;)

Jamie Bal · February 08, 2016

I used to draw this building when I was 6

Joe_3 · February 08, 2016

You've outdone yourself here BIG - this is worse than the last one.

Croco Dile · February 08, 2016

Even a box of Tishman those guys at BIG can make look good.
Simple and effective.

Bin Zhang · February 08, 2016

Once again the concept and the video become much much more interesting than the actual design...

JD Carling · February 08, 2016
Juan_Lagarrigue · February 09, 2016 11:36 PM

Nice project, check the spelling of designer thou....

Juan De Dios Robledo · February 08, 2016

"the highline will extend into the skyline" as a super hero-esque shot zooms away from the genius architect. This man is a marketing genius incapable of deviating from a single design concept from one project to the next. Keep it kitsch, Bjarke!

hellfire · February 08, 2016

nice study model. i hope the actual design retains these concepts.


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