YIMBY recently went on a hard-hat tour of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s One Vanderbilt. The topped-out 1,401-foot supertall is currently the tallest skyscraper in Midtown East and the third tallest in the city by architectural height, when measured to the tip of the 100-foot-tall spire. SL Green is the developer of the 77-story commercial office property, which is set to have a three-story indoor and outdoor observatory perched 1,020 feet above the busy Midtown streets. The crown will eventually be covered in a glass curtain wall that should most likely be lighter in appearance than the mixed terracotta and glass assembly that covers the rest of the structure.
Photos from various levels of the open-air steel crown provide an expansive and cloudless vantage point of the city and surrounding metropolitan region under the warm glow of golden hour lighting.
The observatory, though positioned below the vantage point of the photographs, will still offer breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan. On a clear day, one can see as far north as the Tappan Zee Bridge and as far west as the hills of northern New Jersey. To the south, the Empire State Building still stands mighty and unchallenged among the growing NoMad residential skyscrapers, while 53 West 53rd Street and the slender towers of Billionaires’ Row form an isolated cluster behind Rockefeller Center. To the east, the sprouting neighborhood of Long Island City, with buildings like Skyline Tower and Steven Holl Architect’s new library, can also be easily seen. Further to the south, One World Trade Center’s angled geometry reflects different colors as the sun gets lower on the horizon.
Completion of One Vanderbilt is expected next year.