New landmark for New York: Vessel by Heatherwick Studio opens

by on Apr 18, 2019 in Architecture , Top Story , Travel
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Sina WeiboShare on Tencent WeiboEmail this to someone

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

, , , , ,

Recent Posts

  • One Wall Street Amenities Entrance - Image Credit - DBOX for Macklowe Properties

    Art Deco Icon

    The residential conversion of the iconic Manhattan skyscraper is well in the works

    Posted on Nov 5, 2019
  • The Wave, award-winning housing in Vejle, Denmark. Photo: Jacob Due

    Building Communities

    Henning Larsen Architects brings environmental consciousness and community building to each of its projects

    Posted on Nov 5, 2019
  • Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu_by Jiaxi Yang & Zhu Zhe

    Collaborate for excellence

    Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu reveals how he and wife Rossana Hu combine a thriving practice with raising three children, and sheds light on the controversy at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

    Posted on Oct 14, 2019
  • law on keyes06_david ross

    Advocacy for women

    South African architect Kate Otten on addressing professional challenges in the country

    Posted on Oct 14, 2019