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Related’s architects spent summer on new Hudson Yards design

November 21, 2011 11:58AM

The Related Companies reimagined the design of the first phase of its Hudson Yards project this past summer, the Wall Street Journal reported, after Chairman Stephen Ross became disenchanted with the original renderings.

“I could tell that Stephen wasn’t in love with it,” Jay Cross, who oversees the West Side project for Related, told the Journal. “He felt he wanted the buildings to be more dramatic. And we found that the marketplace was looking for bigger buildings.”

The initial design, by William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates architecture firm, featured three strictly rectangular steel office towers, the shortest in the middle. While the design was sleek and authoritative, the Journal said, it didn’t make a bold statement in the way one might expect from an iconic development.

The new, recently unveiled plan for phase one has removed the middle building entirely and shows only two jagged towers. The 67-story north tower slopes diagonally inland, while the 51-story south tower points diagonally toward the Hudson River.

Earlier this month, Ross and Related President Jeff Blau announced that handbag retailer Coach would occupy about 600,000 square feet at the first building. [WSJ]

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