YIMBY got a sneak peek of the views from One Vanderbilt‘s future three-story, indoor and outdoor observatory, which is situated 1,020 feet above Midtown East. The upcoming 77-story supertall office skyscraper is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by SL Green. The tapering steel structure will soon terminate in a staggered, illuminated crown topped with an architectural spire that will push the project’s total height to 1,401 feet.
Photos from the outdoor portion of the observatory highlight the views looking north toward Billionaires’ Row and south toward the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.
A large number of steel columns and beams are continuing to be lifted and welded atop the observatory level. The multiple setbacks should be more apparent in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the construction crane on the southern end of the upper floor plates should remain atop the building until the installation of the crown is finished.
The terracotta and glass curtain wall is reaching the second row of mechanical floors, as indicated by the change in pattern of the envelope.
One Vanderbilt is expected to be completed next year.