Hudson Yards is a project which is changing the skyline of New York, and has involved some of the most important architects worldwide.
It has been under construction for over 6 years and recently saw completion of new buildings open to the public.
It is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and represents a reference model for the future of the cities.
In this blaze of steel and crystal, which demands high performance and sustainability for all the materials used, AkzoNobel has made an important contribution.
It is becoming the new icon of the Big Apple, an ambitious real estate development wanted by the Related and Oxford Property Group, costing over 20 billion dollars, with a public contribution of about 5 billion.
Hudson Yards spread along the Hudson River in the Chelsea area, connected to the High Line Park and covers an area that will reach 115,000 square meters.
It will include more than 20 buildings, some of them are already completed and can be visited: six skyscrapers – 4 office and 2 for residential- a shopping center and shops, restaurants and a luxury hotel, the attractive”The Shed”, a flexible and expandable cultural center covered by a moving roof (designed by DS + R with Rockwell Group) and “Vessel”, proclaimed the heart and symbol of the entire area.
The “Vessel” by Heatherwick Studio, is the glittering copper-colored 8-storey architecture opened to the public last march: a weave of 2500 steps and 154 stairways with 80 stations from which to admire the view. It evokes an Escherian structure, a basket or a beehive, but it is inspired by the Indian stepped wells.
Overlooking the Vessel there is 30 Hudson Yards another impressive building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox like the adjacent building 10: taller than the Empire State Building (386 m, 73 floors) it is the third tallest building in New York. (Upper photo. Expected to open to the public in 2020).
It is characterized by the 24 m observation deck that extends the air at a height of 335 meters;
the impressive glass and steel structure of 30 Hudson Yards uses AkzoNobel’s high performance Interpon D architectural powder coatings.
In fact, most of the aluminum on the tower is coated with Interpon D3000 Fluromax metallic powder coatings, including the highly prominent first five stories.
“We have a long track record of supplying market-leading products for iconic buildings all over the world and are very excited to be involved in the Hudson Yards development,” adds Daniela Vlad, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “Customers value our unique ability to supply top quality powder and liquid coatings and meet any specification, no matter how demanding.”
AkzoNobel’s Interpon D products can already be foster on other Hudson Yards skyscrapers: the 35 Hudson Yards designed by SOM , a 92 storey that will accomodate apartments and a 200-room hotel with spa (the first in the Equinox chain) and 50 Hudson Yards by Foster + Partners a super tower for office that will be completed in 2022 (photos below).