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.

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 Everywhere

“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.

The Film

A film to commemorate the monumental centerpiece of the Public Square and Gardens, featuring dancers from the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.