This is the first in our new series highlighting some of the most grand, innovative recently announced developments around the world. This first instalment explores the megaprojects coming from the USA.

Hudson Yards, NYC

Set to be a triumph of culture, commerce and cuisine, Hudson Yards will be a convergence of live, work and play, comprising a mixture of skyscrapers, public space and other amenities. When 30 Hudson Yards opens in 2019, it will house the highest outdoor observation deck in the western hemisphere, at 1,100 ft. above ground. 2018’s focus is residential and retail. The development’s first residential building, 15 Hudson Yards, is set to open this year, as will a massive complex of commercial developments on 10th Avenue.

 

Hub on the Causeway, Boston 

Creating 1.87 million sq. ft. of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms and residences, Hub on the Causeway will transform the old Boston Garden site. Phase one of the project will finish later this year and is set to include the city’s largest supermarket, a 15-screen cinema, 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station, and 175,000 for creative office space.

Hub on the Causeway entertainment

Courtesy of Boston Properties and Delaware North

Hub on the Causeway Skyscraper

Courtesy of Boston Properties and Delaware North

Hub on the Causeway

Courtesy of Boston Properties and Delaware North

Hub on the Causeway development

Courtesy of Boston Properties and Delaware North

 

Essex Crossing, NYC

Aimed at Manhattan residents with more modest means, Essex Crossing is a 1.9 million sq. ft. mixed-use mega project on the Lower East Side comprised of residential, retail and a series of key amenities including the Market Line, set to opening early 2019, and will include 150,000 sq. ft. of locally-sourced food, art, music and fashion vendors reflecting the character of the city. On completion, Market Line will be the largest market in NYC, and the one of the largest in the world. This will be made possible by relocating the famous Essex Street Market to the Market Line.

Essex Crossing building

Courtesy of SHoP Architects

Essex Crossing arial view

Courtesy of SHoP Architects

market Line interior

Courtesy of SHoP Architects

market Line view

Courtesy of SHoP Architects

 

American Dream

55% entertainment, 45% retail. American Dream is a new mall for a new generation. Developers Triple Five Worldwide have evolved the standard mall concept to produce something dynamic and remarkable. From a food perspective, American Dream will feature an assortment of over 100 eating establishments, between 14-18 full-service restaurants and a gourmet food hall curated by Vice Media’s Food network, Munchies. There will be space for 400 covers, two revolving kitchens showcasing up-and-coming chefs and concepts, and a cooking studio. The mall will also feature an indoor snow park and chalet, DreamWorks waterpark, observation wheel, Nickelodeon theme park, Sea Life aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

American Dream external

Courtesy of Triple Five

American Dream mall interior

Courtesy of Triple Five

American Dream mall food hall

Courtesy of Triple Five

American Dream mall waterpark

Courtesy of Triple Five

 

Pier 70

Forest City began work on the Pier 70 project in 2011, and will spend the next 15 years turning this old economic centre of San Francisco into a spectacular mixed-use development. The aim of the project is to keep the majestic industrial buildings intact, celebrating the area’s history while also extending the site’s exciting future potential. The development will include up to 600 middle and working class homes (over 30% of overall homes), a waterfront park, light manufacturing and artist studios and a myriad of local food and general retail projects.

Pier 70 park

Courtesy of Forest City

pier 70 view

Courtesy of Forest City

pier 70 street

Courtesy of Forest City

pier 70 crowded avenue

Courtesy of Forest City

 

And a little further down the line, but equally as exciting…

Packard Plant, Detroit

The development’s main objective is to produce a mixed-use development over the next 10-15 years. According to Kari Smith, director of development of the project (through site owner Arte Express Detroit), “It will function like a mini city…There will be commercial, restaurants, eventually residential. There will be several uses.” At 40 acres and a projected spend of $300-million-plus, this is development on an enormous scale. So far, $4 million has been spent on clean-up and pre-development and the initial focus is on opening a brewery next year, and on the 1580 E. Grand building, which is expected to open in 2020 and house several tenants.

Packard Plant interior

packard plant shell

Keep a look out for our next in our series of mega developments, where we will turn our attention to Canada.