Ajmal Aqtash: Hudson Yards Competition

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Hudson Yards Competition


SIGGRAPH 2008: Design and Computation

Creation Year:



Architecture and Design

Artist Statement:

The design of One and Two Hudson Place is informed by the unique challenges and opportunities of the site. The curving footprints of the towers align with the train shed below, while monumental steel buttresses bridge the active rails. This fluid massing is combined through the height of the tower, projecting the site’s unique role in the Manhattan skyline. The building envelopes are transparent scrims of glass etched with graduated densities of ceramic frit, further accentuating the transforming geometry of the towers. The pattern and density of the layered frit glass maximizes natural daylighting and energy efficiency, while minimizing glare and reflecting the shimmering colors of New York City.

Technical Information:

3D printing of SOM models was made possible through a
donation from York Technical College / 3D Systems


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Other Information:

Design Partner: Gary Haney

Architectural Associate Design Director: Jeffrey Holmes

Technical Partner: Carl Galioto

Structural Partner: William Baker

Structures Director: Charles Besjak

Management Partner: TJ Gottesdiener

Project Manager Director: Kenneth A. Lewis

Rendering: Archimation