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Tishman Speyer, Ingels bringing leaning tower, spiral to evolving NYC skyline

JOHN-BANKS-REBNY-WATCH-300x180New York City’s High Line, which recently completed its third and final phase in 2014, is on track for a dramatic vertical extension, courtesy of Tishman Speyer.

The project in question is a breathtaking 65-story, $3 billion tower located at 66 Hudson Boulevard, making it the “dot at the end of the question mark,” according to designer Bjarke Ingels.

The 65-story, $3 billion spiral will rise at 66 Hudson Boulevard
The 65-story, $3 billion spiral will rise at 66 Hudson Boulevard

However, this will be no ordinary skyscraper – Tishman Speyer’s “Spiral” will function as a thematic extension of the park, featuring transparent glass walls and cascading outdoor terraces with foliage on every tenant floor. These terraces, if laid end-to-end, would stretch for half a mile, and will be complemented by additional greenery in the interior of the building, creating a truly unique experience for the Spiral’s tenants.

Notably, one of Ingels’ other recent projects is Two World Trade Center, which will also sport a unique architectural design. 2 WTC will be almost as tall as One World Trade at 1,340 feet, and will create the illusion of “leaning” towards it through a design that suggests that the tower is comprised of seven blocks stacked on top of one another.

2 WTC will be almost as tall as One World Trade
2 WTC will be almost as tall as One World Trade

The imaginative and progressive design of the Spiral is not just for show – it also reflects trends which Ingels and Tishman Speyer’s President Rob Speyer have identified in today’s marketplace.

The open and transparent structure promotes the ideas of creativity, collaboration, and teamwork, which are traits that are not only desired in the modern workplace, but also directions that it is leaning more towards as technology continues to bring companies even closer to their clients and to each other. The desire for outdoor amenities, such as roof decks and terraces, also played a large role in the decision, as these types of amenities can greatly increase the value of a space.

The 2.85-million square foot Spiral will also provide exciting opportunities for retailers. Its base will house 27,000 s/f of retail space, and due to its prime location adjacent to Hudson Park and the subway’s newest 7 train station at 34th Street and 10th Avenue, Tishman Speyer’s new tower will certainly become an instant hot spot among visitors to the High Line, future residents of Hudson Yards, and the City’s millions of tourists from around the world.

The Spiral will be the next step in New York City’s evolving landscape. With Hudson Yards still under construction, the 7 train now extended to 10th Avenue, the High Line completed, and many other projects in the works all over the city, the next few years look very exciting.

Part of what allows New York to maintain its position as the greatest city in the world is its constant improvements upon itself, and projects like the Spiral show that New York is hitting the ground running in 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down.

In other REBNY news:

March 8 is REBNY’s next Breakfast Club seminar. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., join your fellow REBNY members at this free seminar in our Mendik Education Room, where our top industry leaders will be imparting hints and tips to improve your business. For more information, contact Yesenia Dhanraj at, or check the Events section of

REBNY’s next Residential Rental Clinic seminar is on March 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Mendik Education Center. Presented by Daniel Marrello of Town Fifth Avenue LLC and Gary Kiyan of Perfect RE Solutions Inc., join fellow REBNY members in this exciting seminar that will teach you more about how to expand and improve your residential real estate business. For more information, contact Yesenia Dhanraj at

REBNY’s Member’s Luncheon will be on March 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton New York. The panel discussion, “New York City Market Forecast: Where Are We Now? And Where Are We Going?” will feature Adelaide Polsinelli of Eastern Consolidated, Hal Stein of SL Green Realty, Chase Welles of SCG Retail and Sacha Zarba of CBRE, and will be moderated by Ron LoRusso of Cushman & Wakefield. We will also be presenting the winner of the 2015 Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award, one of REBNY’s most sought-after commercial honors. To register, visit or contact Ossie Shemtov at


REBNY’s next Secrets of Top Brokers and Industry Leaders seminar will be on March 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mendik Education Center. Register now to hear our panel of real estate experts examine and present current trends in real estate to enhance the professional knowledge of each attending agent. Registration is required, and more information can be found on, or by contacting Yesenia Dhanraj at


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