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The Spiral photographed by Paul Clemence

Photos reveal BIG's supertall skyscraper The Spiral under construction in New York

Photographer Paul Clemence has captured The Spiral supertall skyscraper designed by architecture studio BIG taking shape in New York's Hudson Yards.

The Spiral, which is due to complete in 2024, topped out at 314 metres earlier this year.

The Spiral under construction viewed from Hudson Yards
The Spiral topped out at 318 metres in 2021

New York-based photographer Clemence shot The Spiral under construction, surrounded by cranes as its reflective glass facade are lifted into place.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels' studio BIG, the supertall skyscraper will be the 13th tallest building in New York, just shorter than the 319-metre-tall Crysler Building.

Crane photographed in front of The Spiral by BIG
The supertall skyscraper is due to complete in 2024

Ingels described The Spiral's shape as a combination of a "classic ziggurat silhouette of the premodern skyscraper" and "the slender proportions and efficient layouts of the modern high-rise".

The supertall skyscraper steps back as it rises. Its name comes from the stepped terraces that zigzag down and around its perimeter.

Cllose up of The Spiral under construction by Paul Clemence
The terraces around the perimeter are still being built

Each of the 65 storeys will have access to one of these outdoor terraces, according to BIG. Renders from the studio show these balcony spaces populated with plants and trees.

Clemence's photo series shows the spiralling terraces taking shape around the concrete core, with large areas of recessed glazing complete.

Glass zigzag down the side of a supertall skyscraper in New York
These terraces will eventually be landscaped with trees

The Spiral is one of a group of skyscrapers being built as part of the Hudson Yards development, which includes Heatherwick Studio's Vessel viewpoint.

It will be built around the corner from 50 Hudson Yards, a 308-metre supertall skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners that also reached its full height earlier this year.

"The design, with the spiralling around terraces, is engaging, but it's already apparent how overly built that whole area will be," Clemence told Dezeen.

"The building is so close to the Foster tower next door and to the tower immediately across the street on the north side, and there will be yet another tower – 3 Hudson Boulevard by FXFOWLE Architects – to the east of it," the photographer continued.

"Most New Yorkers I speak to about this project are just very turned off by how cramped the area will become, by the massive scale."

Skyscrapers on the horizon of Hudson Yards
The Spiral (left) is one of many supertalls skyscrapers in Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards, the riverside neighbourhood that is home to the High Line elevated walkway, officially opened its first phase to the public in March of 2019.

To mark the occasion, Dezeen put together a comprehensive guide to the development, which includes projects such as The Shed, a cultural centre with a moving roof by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and a 345-metre-high supertall by Kohn Pedersen Fox that claims to have the "highest outdoor sky deck" in the western hemisphere.

Photography is by Paul Clemence.

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