BIG's Spiral Skyscraper Reaches Full Height in New York

The supertall building is set to become the headquarters of coronavirus vaccine maker Pfizer

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Architecture firm BIG has topped out a 314-metre-high supertall skyscraper in New York named The Spiral.

Due to complete in 2022, the building is now the 13th tallest in the city, just behind the Chrysler Building.
According to developer Tishman Speyer, just over 50 percent of the space is pre-leased. One of the building's major tenants will be Pfizer, the biopharmaceutical company that co-developed the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine, that will set up it's new headquarters across 14 floors.

Located at the intersection of the High Line and the newly developed Hudson Boulevard Park on Manhattan’s new western frontier, The Spiral extends the green space of the former train tracks in a spiraling motion towards the sky – from High Line to the skyline. The 1,005 ft high-rise is a unique hybrid that intertwines a continuous green pathway with workspaces on every level. The chain of amenity spaces and terraces originates at The Spiral’s main entrance on 34th street and Hudson Boulevard. The spiral wraps around the tower, which becomes gradually slimmer towards the top. This creates unique floor configurations that will cater to a diverse community of tenants making the building a lively place for businesses of different scales – giving tenants a stake in the buildings iconic skyline presence.

The stepping form of The Spiral echoes the architecture of New York City’s classic stepped setback skyscrapers and is the natural evolutionary step in the Tishman Speyer portfolio. The silhouette of THE SPIRAL resonates with the iconic architecture of Rockefeller Center while its modern materials and detailing place it at the forefront of contemporary high-rise design on a path to become a future classic on the Manhattan skyline.

Inside, every terrace becomes a double height atrium with impressive views over Manhattan, offering a more informal setting for meetings, events and recreational activities. These spaces connect multiple levels in the building, offering an alternative to elevators to encourage physical activity and interaction amongst colleagues. THE SPIRAL sets a new standard for the contemporary workplace, where nature becomes an integrated part of the work environment while spatial features are continuously adaptable to the changing needs of the tenants and their organizations.



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    New York / United States / 2023