Related Companies and Oxford Properties' master plan for the Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan is singularly ambitious in its breadth and depth, a seamless, mixed-use amalgam of design diversity, expansive outdoor space and, most notably, neighborhood and community connectivity. Built above one of the world's busiest rail yards, the 28-acre, $20 billion project'the largest private development in U.S. history'will include nearly every modern urban land use and building type. Led by KPF, the master planning effort focused on engaging a diversity architects to provide a diversity of architecture in order to ensure that the project capture the varied nature of New York's most storied neighborhoods. The first phase of the development will feature buildings by Bill Pedersen, David Childs, Liz Diller and David Rockwell, with landscape design by Thomas Woltz with Thomas Heatherwick.
Hudson Yards will feature more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, a state-of-the-art culture center, seven-story retail and dining destination, a luxury hotel and public school. But it will be the site's 14 acres of landscaped open space that will connect Hudson Yards to the rest of the city. Providing notable contrast to the soaring towers that will update a classic skyline and define the development from afar, this combination of bucolic parkland and bustling 4 acre Public Square will ensure a more personal experience for the millions of people who visit each year. They will be drawn in large part by what will be the signature attraction of Hudson Yards, a monumental piece of public art. Thus, in mixing the epic with the intimate, the overall aesthetic of Hudson Yards is writ small at its heart.