Related and its confrere Oxford Properties today launched a new website for Hudson Yards, with some surprises. Followers of the down & dirty rail yard turned 12 million square foot urban Elysium may be forgiven if they have forgotten some of the details of the winning scheme—we sure did. And besides that was yesterday and a master plan. Still, of all the names dropped and found, bandied about and sprinkled on for good measure, we sure do not remember Werner Sobek as a major player.
But there he is, featured in an exclusive article for REurope magazine. As the designer of a waffling web of a five-level, 750,000 square foot retail hub, the German engineer and architect will be author of a highly visible chunk of Phase One. Sobek was hired by master plan architect—aka in for the very long haul—Kohn Pedersen Fox. The developers envision the retail as a Time Warner Center meets Eataly kind of place. And Sobek, engineer designer of airports, bridges and assorted “widespans” as well as membranes in glass, metal and fabric is well up to the task with a tectonic shell that any trapeze artist could fall for.