The New York Morph Tower’s construction is underway

With a recently poured foundation mat, Hudson Yards’ first residential building, 15 Hudson Yards, is set to begin its climb into the burgeoning far west side skyline. Situated alongside the High Line, at the northeast corner of West 30th Street and Eleventh Avenue, 15 Hudson Yards will house nearly 400 apartments and soar to 279 meters upon completion.

The skyscraper will be the first of two residential towers that Related Companies and Oxford Properties have planned for the high-rise complex. The second will be the 308-meter 35 Hudson Yards.

Its curvaceous design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR) and the Rockwell Group has garnered the building a nickname – Morph Tower – appropriately describing its physique.

According to DSR, the façade will utilise curving, cold-bent glass to achieve its shape, which will morph into a “quatre leaf” at the top, maximising panoramic views in all directions. The building will house 391 units, which have been tentatively pegged at 106 rentals on the lower levels and 285 condos above.

DSR explains the tower’s stone-clad lobby will frame views of the adjacent High Line, under which the entryway will be tucked. Amenities will include a westward-facing rooftop terrace, a health club, indoor pool, business centre, dog spa, chef kitchens, and party and screening rooms. The building will seek LEED Gold accreditation and is scheduled for completion in 2018.