Ajmal Aqtash: Hudson Yards Competition

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    Hudson Yards Competition


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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