On Manhattan’s Far West Side, a $25 billion neighborhood called Hudson Yards is set to be the biggest real estate development in American history. The project’s developers expect full build-out by 2024.
Beyond its new residential skyscrapers, gardens, restaurants, shops, and offices, Hudson Yards will also feature a public landmark that appears to be inspired by M.C. Escher.
Called the Vessel, the $150 million structure includes 15 stories of intertwining staircases that visitors will climb. The project topped out on Wednesday morning.
Take a look below.
Vessel is in the outdoor public space of Hudson Yards, which is still under construction. Here’s what the NYC neighborhood looked like in October 2017.
The 600-ton structure features 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings, which connect to form a lattice of walkways. Thomas Heatherwick, founder of London’s Heatherwick Studio, designed it.
Visitors will be able to climb 2,500 steps, totaling a mile of pathway above the plazas and gardens below.
Only physically impaired visitors will be able to use Vessel’s glass elevator to reach the top.