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Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is racking up an impressiveÂ collection of superlatives with a host of new glass towers inÂ New York City. Of course there is Hudson Yards where a glossyÂ KPF-designedÂ building will become theÂ tallest tower at the country’s largest private development site, but that is just the start of it.
As with most new towers these days, theÂ offices and apartments rising at Hudson Yards are unsurprisingly wrapped in glossy, glass skins. That is why revised renderings for the new kid on the block,Â 55 Hudson Yards, are so notable. The 51-story officeÂ tower hasÂ plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows, but those windows are framed by a metallic grid that encases the entire building. At certain points that metallic wrap disappears as if space has been carved out of the building’s exterior.