One Hudson Yards

Andre Kikoski Architect


One Hudson Yards is the first residential building to open at the largest private development in American history. The site is under construction through 2024; its urbanism, open spaces, and streetscapes - places for people to congregate -will be impaired by construction. Tthe firm's work proposes comfort and security in a calming oasis of conviviality, envisioning places for residents to gather. They configured 325,000 SF of interiors - including amenity spaces totaling 26,000 SF (and 178 apartments) - to provide an innovative social and considered aesthetic environment where residents can form a community.

Understanding how design affects human experience, they maximized emotional and physical well-being by creating spaces that beneficially-impact how residents think and feel. They incorporated acoustics, color theory, neuroscience, and psychology in their design thinking throughout, especially in the Lobby, Penthouse Party Rooms, Concourse Lounge, Basketball Court, Pool, Fitness Lounge and Bowling Alley. Each space features a unique sensibility and material palette to offer a distinct social environment. The result is visually-compelling and sensorial, creating a diverse and engaging social landscape that internalizes the functions and activities of an entire neighborhood inside a single, innovative new building. 

For example, the design of the Lobby demonstrates how they create new materials and find innovation in the smallest details. As plants and nature are known to have a calming effect, they brought the adjacent High Line into their Lobby with a grove of Birch trees, abstracting their organic qualities into a textural palette of artisan-crafted materials and custom-designed elements, including a light sculpture featuring 400 pieces of mouth-blown, hand-crafted mica glass that spirals overhead. A wall of custom bronze panels, cast in a lost wax process at a fine art foundry, inspires their palette for the whole building. As integrating art and architecture is the foundation of their practice, they selected an art collection for the building (process-driven art by contemporary painters, sculptors and photographers) focusing on craftsmanship and materiality. The Lobby features two pieces by Michel Francois -- made at the same foundry as the bronze wall-panels. Their approach to the Lobby design is cohesive in its embrace of art, color, geometry, and materiality, creating a true threshold to One Hudson Yards.

The interiors at One Hudson Yards are calibrated to activate residents' senses and create an emotional connection point between them. It is noteworthy that the building fully leased in record time and opened to resounding success with enthusiastic residents.

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