Hudson Yards, New York City’s newest neighborhood, is the center of Manhattan’s rapidly changing West Side. From Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen, from Midtown West to the Hudson River, the area has become one of the city’s most dynamic districts. It is located at the northern end of the High Line. When Hudson Yards is completed, an estimated 125,000 people daily are expected to live, work, dine, shop, study, stroll or sightsee at this 28-acre neighborhood, which will include commercial and residential buildings, the unique cultural center named The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group, an Equinox Hotel®, and medical facilities.
Vessel by Heatherwick
One of the highlights is Vessel, designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio, as the epicenter of the Public Square and Gardens designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. The dramatic design of Vessel creates a stage set for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. They will be able to climb the metal-clad staircases, arranged in layers that widen from a hexagonal base.
Standing 150 feet in the air, Vessel was fabricated in Monfalcone, Italy and arrived on Manhattan’s West Side after 15 days at sea, a brief stay at Port Newark and a five-hour barge trip across the Hudson River. Vessel was constructed from a steel frame that was covered by a copper-colored steel cladding. It was designed to lift the public up and offer a mile’s worth of pathways and a nearly infinite number of ways for visitors to engage with and experience New York, Hudson Yards and each other.
21st Century Urban Experience
According to the developers, Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in New York since Rockefeller Center. The project is being co-developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group. They involved a selection of top architect to realize their plans including David M. Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Rockwell Group, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, A. Eugene Kohn and Bill Pedersen.
Hudson Yards is far more than a collection of towers and open spaces. As an engineered city, it is a model for the 21st-century urban experience and the integration of buildings, streets, parks, utilities and public spaces that forms a connected, responsive, clean, reliable and efficient neighborhood.