The London-based designer is just weeks away from the completion of Vessel, a 150-ft-high structure he has designed to sit amid one of New York’s largest development projects, Hudson Yards.It rises 16-storeys high and consists of 154 sets of staircases that zigzag up and down in a honeycomb-style network. Vessel is a 16-story, 150-foot-tall (46 m)[1] structure of connected staircases between the buildings of Hudson Yards, located in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square. Thomas Heatherwick’s Seed Cathedral, 2010. *Vessel is currently closed. [4] The copper-clad steps, arranged like a jungle gym[5] and modeled after Indian stepwells,[4][6] can hold 1,000 people at a time. Vessel (TKA) is a structure and visitor attraction built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Forming a major free public attraction at the heart of this new district, Vessel represents an intention to create an extraordinary new kind of public legacy for New York. A "'seasonally expressive' entry garden" stands outside the entrance to the New York City Subway's 34th Street–Hudson Yards station, across from Vessel. The Vessel, in Hudson Yards, has a hundred and fifty-four staircases and eighty landings. Built to plans by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb. [4], "Vessel" was planned to be the structure's temporary name during construction, with a permanent name to be determined later. [2] Designed by Thomas Heatherwick,[3] Vessel has 154 flights, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings,[3] with the total length of the stairs exceeding 1 mile (1.6 km). Hudson Yards, the owner of Vessel, claimed ownership of all pictures and videos taken of Vessel, and reserves the right to use any photos or videos taken for commercial purposes without paying royalty fees. A design was developed for a new social landmark that could be climbed and explored by everyone. "[48] Some have contrasted it negatively to Cloud Gate, also known as the Bean, in Millennium Park, Chicago, calling Vessel a "piece of junk" and an "eyesore". Vessel is a 16-story, 150-foot-tall (46 m) structure of connected staircases between the buildings of Hudson Yards, located in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square. Heatherwick studio was invited to design a public centerpiece for Hudson Yards, a new 11-hectare development on Manhattan’s west side being constructed above a huge rail yard. Influenced by the Indian stepwells of Rajasthan, formed from multitudes of stone staircases reaching down into the ground, the studio became interested in the mesmerizing visual effect of the repeating steps, flights and landings. [13], Although Vessel had originally been slated to cost $75 million,[2] the projections were later revised to between $150[3] and $200 million. "Our aim first is to solve a problem then try to come to end with a meaningful intervention," said Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio.. Heatherwick has delivered a special keynote at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.. 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To create something memorable, the studio decided to create a structure that visitors might be able to use and touch, not just to look at. In an address to the crowd, Mayor Bill de Blasio jokingly warned Vessel designer Thomas Heatherwick, a Londoner, that 100 New Yorkers would have 100 different opinions on the project. Thomas Alexander Heatherwick, CBE RA RDI (born 17 February 1970) is an English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio. The honeycombed flight of fancy – it's actually made of 154 flights of stairs – was conceived by 49-year-old British designer Thomas Heatherwick. A design was developed for a new social landmark that could be climbed and explored by everyone. [40][41], The sculpture has received acclaim and criticism. Is a climbing frame to lift people above the new square and reveal views across the Hudson River and Manhattan. Rising up like a giant honeycomb, this Escher-like structure is an eye-catching piece of architecture that is sure to become one of Manhattan's iconic monuments. Designer Thomas Heatherwick “Vessel” is the centerpiece of the Hudson Yards growth in New York Metropolis. Vessel is a new type of public landmark – a 16-storey circular climbing frame, with 2,465 steps, 80 landings and views across the Hudson River and Manhattan. [14], In an interview with Fortune magazine, Ross said that he "wanted to commission something transformational, monumental," which led to the concept for Vessel. [8] At the top of the structure, visitors can see the Hudson River. [16] Construction started on April 18[17] with the installation of the first 10 pieces of the 75-piece structure. Thomas Heatherwick explains the intent and experience of Vessel, a new New York monument designed by Heatherwick Studios. ] by January 2019, Hudson Yards public square first reported Heatherwick 's proposal immediately it. 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