A new office tower of more than 400 meters for New York

The Manhattan skyline continues to bristle with new peaks exceeding 400 meters. The latest, the One Vanderbilt, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox associates (KPF), has just planted its spire at 427 meters high. A sharp profile, like the Shard in London, promises according to its designers to renew the office experience in the heart of the Big Apple. Visible from the furthest districts of central New York, this new tower is already modifying the skyline of the city and towering nearly 100 meters above its famous neighbour, the Chrysler building.

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A very slender silhouette. Photo credit: KPF

Change in the air, but also on the ground. Because if the skyscraper is massive with its 58 floors and its 150,000 m² of surface area, it paradoxically promises to make pedestrian traffic more fluid. A vast pedestrian walkway open to the public is in fact installed at the foot of the building, which is also perfectly connected to the city’s main station (Grand central terminal). The architects emphasize, moreover, having taken the greatest care in the shape of the tower so that it does not create ugly shadows on its venerable neighbours.

Famous restaurant and observation deck

The tower seen from above. Photo credit: KPF

This huge project announced in 2012 took a long time to get started in order to obtain all the necessary authorizations. The building did not really begin to rise above 42nd and 43rd streets until 2017. Everything then went very quickly, so much so that the construction site would have even taken a lead, according to Kohn Pedersen Fox associates. The main tenant will be the banking group TD Bank and the premises will notably host a restaurant by Daniel Boulud, this French chef famous in the United States, as well as a large observation deck on the upper floors. Construction to follow.

The tower will be perfectly connected to the nearby station. Photo credit: KPF


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