Vessel, the centerpiece of the Public Square and Gardens, created by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio, is a new kind of public landmark: engaging and interactive, meant to be climbed and explored. Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps— and 80 landings, Vessel will lift the public up, offering a multitude of ways to engage with and experience New York, Hudson Yards and each other. In total, Vessel will offer a mile’s worth of pathway rising up above the Gardens.
Influenced by Indian stepwells, made from hundreds of flights of stairs going down into the ground, the dramatic design of Vessel creates 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. It is constructed of a structural painted steel frame, its underside surfaces covered by a polished copper-colored steel skin.
Vessel was unveiled to the public on September 14, 2016. CNN’s Anderson Cooper emceed the event. Guests included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Stephen M. Ross, Thomas Heatherwick and Thomas Woltz.
A film to commemorate the monumental centerpiece of the Public Square and Gardens, featuring dancers from the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.
Thomas Heatherwick Introduces the Vessel
“We suddenly realized the thing to celebrate is us.”
Thomas Heatherwick introduces the centerpiece of Hudson Yards.
New York: A City of High Aspiration
“The city is the gallery around us…It’s always shifting and changing.”
New York is in the middle of a cultural revolution, and a trend toward the West Side.
“Culture is everything around us…to me, reality is the most exciting thing.”
A philosophy for Heatherwick Studio
The Passion of Making
“Our passion is to create things for everyone…trying to make something of excellence.”
A look at Heatherwick Studio projects.