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Hudson Yards | 1:36
THE VESSEL - the sculptural centre-piece of New York’s vast Hudson Yards development - has topped out, as this video reveals.
Designed by UK-based Heatherwick Studio, The Vessel comprises of 154 interconnecting staircases set in a three-dimensional honeycomb pattern.
Positioned in a five acre landscaped public space at the heart of the development, the structure fans out from 50 to 150 feet as it rises 150 feet into the air.
Above: The Vessel topped out as work on Hudson Yards continues (image courtesy of Oxford Properties Group and Related Companies). Below: Visitors to Hudson Yards will be able to climb The Vessel for views of New York (image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio).
Once completed next year, the USD $200 million copper-coloured steel sculpture will feature 2,500 steps and 80 landings. Construction only began eight months ago, after its components - manufactured in Italy - were shipped to the United States.
Above: Due to a high degree of prefabrication, it only took eight months to assembled The Vessel on site (image courtesy of Oxford Properties Group and Related Companies).
The wider USD $20BN redevelopment of the former railway yards in west Manhattan, which is set to complete in 2024, will contain 16 skyscrapers accommodating more than 125,000 office workers, residents and visitors every day.
Above: The landscaped public space that is set to be at the heart of the Hudson Yards development (image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio).
This vast scheme - the largest private development in United States history - is being undertaken by Related Companies, Oxford Properties Group and master-planned by architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF).
Above: Hudson Yards is set to complete in 2024 and is the largest private development in the United States (image courtesy of Oxford Property Group and Related Companies).
If you’d like to learn more about the scheme’s technical challenges and the other remarkable structures being built in Hudson Yards, click HERE, or continue watching below.