At number 26 of our December countdown is 555 West 38th Street, a 570-foot-tall residential skyscraper located in Midtown, in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with SLCE Architects as a reference architect and developed by Rockrose, the 52-storey tower will offer 598 rental units. Site C GC LLC is the general contractor for the project, which is located along Eleventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.
The main west elevation facing Eleventh Avenue and the Jakob J. Javits Center can be seen below with afternoon sunlight and shadow highlighting the grid of dark blue metal bands dividing the Uniform floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Gray-colored ventilation grilles cover the middle section of the slim south profile, while other identical elements wrap around the entire upper mechanical section under the parapet of the flat roof.
We should expect the construction elevator to be removed early next year, followed by the wrap-around sidewalk scaffolding that covers the progress made with the ground floor facade.
The golden hour is a great time to see the sleek finish of the casing, as well as the other glass towers nearby. For now, 555 West 38th Street occupies a fairly secluded position among some of Midtown’s last empty plots.
Updates on interior finishes and potential amenities have not yet been disclosed, although there is no doubt occupants will have 360-degree views of the Jacob K. Javits Center, the Hudson River, the sunsets over Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken, New Jersey to the west, the vertically growing skyline of Hudson Yards to the south, and the rest of Midtown to the east and north.
The closest subway station to the property is 34th Street – Hudson Yards, serving Line 7, located south near Bella Abzug Park. Trains 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E, as well as NJ Transit and Amtrak are located east near the Pennsylvania station.
555 West 38th Street is slated for completion in fall 2022.
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