In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting feature. Referred to as a “thrill device” by Cross, the amenity is something that visitors can choose to pay for separately to “crap your pants.” Needless to say, inquiring minds really want to know.


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Cross’s comment has sparked quite a bit of speculation since, with many wondering just what the special “thrill” feature could be. The most common guess is that the second tower will be equipped with a glass walkway connected to the building’s 1,000-foot-high outdoor observation center.

Related: First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

As we previously reported, the ambitious 26-acre development at Hudson Yards, which is being developed by Oxford Properties Group and Related, is a mega project on the west side of Manhattan. The project broke ground two years ago with a first building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, which is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. Once completed, the Hudson Yards complex will feature an abundance of commercial and residential units, ample green space, a new school, a hotel, a cultural center, and a connection with the High Line and 7 subway line extension.

Let’s all hope that if the new secret feature really does provoke fecal release, a proper cleaning service would be wisely included in the building’s offerings as well.

Via NY Curbed

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