Vessel Tops Out at Hudson Yards


Vessel -- the giant sculpture serving as the centerpiece of the Hudson Yards development across from the Javits Center -- has topped out, another sign of the rapid changes rising throughout Manhattan’s West Side neighborhood.

Eight months ago, construction began on the unique steel structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio, and earlier this month, developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties cheered the major milestone. Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps— and 80 landings, the $150 million Vessel will create a stage set for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world: geometric lattice of intersecting flights of stairs, whose form rises from a base that is 50 feet in diameter that widens at the top to 150 feet.

Vessel is constructed of a structural painted steel frame, and its underside surfaces are covered by a polished copper-colored steel skin. The 103 pieces were manufactured in Monfalcone, Italy. It will become a part of Hudson Yards’ Public Square and Gardens, including more than 28,000 plants, 200 mature trees, woodland plants, perennial gardens and a 200-foot-long fountain that will mirror the flow of a river.

For a time-lapse video of Vessel’s construction, visit here:

When completed, Hudson Yards will be home to more than 100 shops and restaurants – including New York City’s first Neiman Marcus – dozens of the world’s corporate business leaders, state-of-art modern residences, a unique cultural space, 14-acres of public open space, a new 750-seat public school and a 200-room Equinox® branded luxury hotel. For more information about Hudson Yards, visit