SOM unveils design for Disney’s new headquarters in New York City

15 November 2019 (Last Updated November 15th, 2019 08:57)

US-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled design for Walt Disney Company’s new headquarters in New York City.

US-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled design for Walt Disney Company’s new headquarters in New York City.

This new premises will be located at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square.

To be called as 4 Hudson Square, the development will feature a series of structures with varying heights, some rising to nine levels while the others to 19 storeys.

The ground floor of the structures will house retail outlets. Offices will be located on the other floors, accommodating up to 5,000 employees.

Spanning across 1.2 million square feet, the project will be bordered by Vandam Street to the north, Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, and Hudson Street to the west.

This development will be constructed by Silverstein Properties and feature an exterior covered in soft green terracotta tiles and anodised aluminium panels.

The structures will have the same style of rectangular windows. The design of the building is intended to blend seamlessly with the surrounding neighbourhood, which was once a printing district.

The 19-storey building will have a series of setbacks that ultimately blend in two 320ft-tall structures through a glassed-in walkway. The building will have several outdoor spaces, starting on the ninth floor.

Once the building is complete, Disney will shift its New York operations from West 66th Street on the Upper West Side to the new address.

In July 2018, Disney acquired the rights to develop the property at 4 Hudson Square from Trinity Church for $650m through a 99-year agreement.