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One Vanderbilt - New York’s 427-metre new "superscraper" - has officially opened

Dan Cortese

18 September 2020

THE 427-metre One Vanderbilt was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony on 14 September.

The supertall skyscraper is now the tallest commercial building in Midtown Manhattan and the tallest in New York after One World Trade Centre.

The building offers 158,000 square metres of Class-A office space and 2,800 square metres of amenities - including an outdoor garden terrace and a restaurant headed by Michelin star chef Daniel Boulud.

Above: One Vanderbilt connects with the neighbouring Grand Central Station (image courtesy of  Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates). 

One Vanderbilt also integrates with Grand Central Station and the pedestrian plaza on Vanderbilt Avenue, creating a new, fully connected public realm.

The building’s architectural language takes its lead from nearby New York icons, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, offering a modern interpretation of the city’s stepped skyscrapers.

The Summit - a much-anticipated indoor-outdoor observatory - will be opened to the public in October 2021. It will be one of the highest outdoor observation decks in the Western Hemisphere.

Above and Below: One Vanderbilt takes its architectural cues from New York icons the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building ( image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates).

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, One Vanderbilt has been one of the fastest buildings ever constructed in New York City.

North America’s skyscraper capital shows no rate of slowing down either, with 2.7 million square metres of new property now expected to be built in New York, a remarkable feat considering the economic crisis facing the United States.

Learn more about One Vanderbilt in our documentary:

Header image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.


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