10 Hudson Yards Opens to First Employees

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)-designed 10 Hudson Yards opened its doors to Coach employees welcoming them to their new world headquarters on Manhattan’s West Side. 

KPF, working with Related Properties and Oxford Group, began the design of the 1.8 million square foot tower in 2010.  It broke ground in December 2012.  It is the first building to open in KPF’s new 28-acre masterplan for Hudson Yards.  When fully occupied, 10 Hudson Yards will house 7,000 employees. Move-ins from Coach, Inc., L’Oréal USA, SAP, The Boston Consulting Group, VaynerMedia, Intersection, and Sidewalk Labs will continue through to the end of 2016. 

The new building is one of three towers by KPF at Hudson Yards, in addition to the retail component podium.  At 52 stories, 895 feet tall, the tower is interwoven with the celebrated High Line.  The tower bridges over the elevated park to create a dramatic 60-foot public passageway extending through the structure. The building’s dialogue with the High Line continues with a cantilevered bridge that extends out over the elevated park. 

Coach’s new headquarters features a separate custom lobby at 10 Hudson Yards for employees and guests.  With approximately 700,000 square feet of space, the brand’s new home is a collaborative, urban campus, and features a 15-story atrium with floor-to-ceiling glass in a column-free space.  The monumental atrium will serve as a visual anchor for the High Line. 

10 Hudson Yards will be joined by its partner tower, the 90-story 30 Hudson Yards.  The two will be directly connected by a glass enclosed seven-story retail podium, home to The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.  30 Hudson Yards and the retail podium are currently under construction, and due for completion in 2018.  The two towers, of differing heights, form a dynamic relationship upon the Manhattan skyline.  One faces the city and the other turns towards the Hudson and with the angled geometry, the towers and the space between change as one views the pair from different vantage points in the city.  The glass façade is composed of “shingles”, adding scale and differing reflectivity.  The massing of the towers acknowledge important corners, the varying scales around and expresses individual tenants within.  Stone is used at the base of the building to contrast the glass and metal above.  The columns are also of the heroic scale of the High Line, the trains and the railyard.