The Vessel and The Shops at Hudson Yards, New York City (Open March, 2019)
The Vessel and The Shops at Hudson Yards, New York City
Vessel is a 16-story, 150-foot-high (46 m) structure of connected staircases between the buildings of Hudson Yards, located in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Vessel has 154 flights, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings that stretch from its 50-foot-wide (15 m) base to its 150-foot-wide (46 m) apex (making it as tall as it is wide at its apex), with the total length of the stairs exceeding 1 mile (1.6 km). The structure also has ramps and an elevator to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Stephen Ross, the CEO of Hudson Yards' developer Related Companies, said that its unusual shape was intended to make the structure stand out like a "12-month Christmas tree." The copper-clad steps, arranged like a jungle gym and modeled after Indian stepwells, can hold 1,000 people at a time. Heatherwick said that he intends visitors to climb and explore the structure as if it were a jungle gym. At the top of the structure, visitors can see the Hudson River.
The Shops at Hudson Yards is a seven-story luxury shopping center, opened to the public on March 15, 2019