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Hudson Yards: NYC’s umpteenth metamorphosis


The works of the Hudson Yards continue, a major urban regeneration project in NYC. The opening of The Vessel, an impressive sculpture building designed by the architect Thomas Heatherwick, is scheduled for next March.

Liza Minnelli sang, “I Want To Wake Up in a city that doesn’t sleep”. “New York, New York”, the song that perhaps most expresses the spirit of the city that has made of laboriousness, and change its most recognized and appreciated qualities. Another example of this creative energy is the Hudson Yards project, a major urban redevelopment plan covering an area of 45 hectares located between Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the High Line and the Hudson River. Hudson Yards was defined by Fortune as the largest private-sector development project in the United States since Rockefeller Center, and once it will be completed, it will include more than 18 million square meters of commercial and residential space, over 100 stores, 4,000 houses, The Shed cultural center, 14 acres of open public space, a school, a luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms, and various restaurants managed by chef Thomas Keller. The opening of Vessel, a futuristic construction whose shape is reminiscent of Escher‘s drawings, located in Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards, a public park full of plants and trees, is also planned for next March.

Designed by the British archistar Thomas Heatherwick, this 45-meter steel-bronze-cement building (formerly known as the Big Apple’s Eiffel Tower) is made entirely of stairs (154 in all) connected by 80 platforms that will allow breath-taking views on the city.

Above: The Hudson Yards’ Vessel. Project by Thomas Heatherwick