New landmark for New York: Vessel by Heatherwick Studio opens

by on Apr 18, 2019 in Architecture , Top Story , Travel
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Vessel by Heatherwick Studio is now open in New York's new West Side neighbourhood, Hudson Yards

At the heart of Hudson Yards, the much-anticipated Vessel by Heatherwick Studio has finally opened to the public. Taking pride of place in the development's central plaza, the structure is as much a work of art as anything else.

The 16-storey, 45-metre-copper coloured vase-like 'climbing frame' has nearly 2,500 steps in 154 staircases, 80 landings and views across the city and the Hudson River.Vessel by Heatherwick StudioHudson Yards, New York's Newest Neighborhood, Official Opening EventAll the components are bespoke, including 75 main steel beams made in Venice by Cimolai and transported to New York in six shipments. The on-site assembly took three years.

Like an Escher staircase on steroids, Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel is now open in New York's Hudson Yards

The company described the design process of narrowing down the parameters for the centrepiece: "It should be a memorable single object, not a series of objects dispersed throughout the space; rather than an inert, static sculpture, it should be a social encounter, which encourages activity and participation – it should be fun." Heatherwick himself invited people to climb Vessel on its opening day, thereby completing it. Free one-hour tickets to access the city's latest attraction are available online up to two weeks in advance.

Vessel by Heatherwick Studio

Photos. Courtesy of Getty Images + Michael Moran for Related-Oxford

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