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The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City

New York City is known for its vibrant life and lights, it’s also a city full of art found in many forms. Museums and artistic shows can be accessed in any giving day. One of the main attractions the city has to offer is its architectural landmark, from skyscrapers to iconic buildings that make the city an artistic center.

A View of the Vessel at Hudson Yard, NYC. Credit: Monica Herrera

The latest architectural wonder, currently called “Vessel” opened on March 15, 2019. A 16-story structure of connected staircases between the buildings of Hudson Yards. Created by Thomas Heatherwick, a well-known British designer. Vessel was commissioned by Stephen M. Ross, a billionaire founder and chairman of Related Companies. The idea was to create a place in the city that will standout and attract tourists and visitors all year round.

A View of the Vessel at Hudson Yards NYC. Credit: Monica Herrera

The structure consists of 154 staircases, 2500 steps, and 80 viewing landings. Initially with an estimated cost of $75 million, later ending between $150 to $200 million due to its unusual shape, the complexity of making the steel pieces, and the location above ground levels. All that offers visitors a view of the city from the top of the structure.

A View of the Vessel at Hudson Yards, NYC. Credit: Monica Herrera

A View of the Vessel at Hudson Yards, NYC. Credit: Monica Herrera

Mr. Heatherwick said that “Vessel” was inspired in part by the ancient stepwells of India and designed “to bring people together.” The Heatherwick studio stated that the effect of climbing up and down vessel’s staircases creates a personal rhythm in each visitor. Vessel offers an interactive experience, with open views from its 50 feet wide base to its 150 feet up.

A View of the Vessel at Hudson Yards, NYC. Credit: Monica Herrera

The giant honeycomb-like structure is set to become a main public destination, despite some concerns about the location and the distance with other city attractions.

Hudson Yards hopes that after visitors have experienced the staircases, they would contribute with ideas for a permanent name by submitting them via mobile devices when they exit. “Vessel” was a temporary name announced when the concept was unveiled to the public.

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