Thomas Heatherwick 'Vessel' Hudson Yards, New York

Martyn White

Posted on September 18 2019

Thomas Heathewick designs the centrepiece to New York's Hudson Yards development. 


At the very heart of the Hudson Yards development on New York's West Side is a giant honeycomb-like sculpture towering above the plaza below. Designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, 'Vessel' is a brand new icon for the city that never sleeps. Visitors are invited to climb the structure's 154 Escher-like staircases to the top for a unique take and views of the city skyline and surrounding area. 

Thomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New YorkThomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New YorkThomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New York

The undersides of the staircases and handrails are clad in copper coloured metal, providing striking contrast in views when outside looking up and inside looking downwards. In total, the 'Vessel' consists of 2,500 steps, 154 flights of stairs, 80 landings rising to a total of 16 stories high. The structure's name is a working title, commonly noted with a 'TKA' abbreviation, meaning "Temporarily Known As". The owners have asked the public to contribute their suggestions for a formal name which is due to be announced in the foreseeable future. 

Thomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New YorkThomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New YorkThomas Heatherwick Vessel Hudson Yards, New York

Due to its popularity, the attraction is ticketed with time-specific tickets available fro free, picked up at the destination or booked in advance. There is also a lift available for those with difficulty walking, a fascinating design in itself due to the complexities of the structure's shape. 

For further information and to book tickets in advance to climb the 'Vessel', click to view the official Hudson Yards New York website. Other projects and details on the design studio can found via the Thomas Heatherwick Studio website.



 



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