Work is moving along steadily on Kohn Pedersen Fox’s One Vanderbilt, number three in YIMBY’s countdown of the tallest buildings under construction in New York City. Developed by SL Green, the 77-story, 1,401-foot-tall commercial office skyscraper is tallest structure in Midtown East and the tallest project realized so far in the Midtown East rezoning initiative. TD Bank is signed on as the anchor tenant of the 1.75-million-square-foot property, which is due to open in August of 2020.
One Vanderbilt rose very rapidly, topping out in September after beginning its vertical ascent a little more than two years earlier. Recently, however, the building was temporarily un-topped as the upper half of its 100-foot-tall spire was disassembled, reportedly to allow the construction crane to more easily swivel about. The spire will likely not be restored to its full form until installation of the curtain wall is complete.
Tenant amenities within One Vanderbilt will include meeting rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor terrace. The project is also due to include an 11,000-square-foot restaurant from Daniel Boulud. The 1,000-foot-high public observatory, which is designed by Snohetta and managed by SL Green, is not scheduled to open until sometime in 2021. Photos from YIMBY’s recent tour of the crown offer an impression of the vistas to be had from the tower.
According to renderings from Visualhouse, One Vanderbilt’s crown will not feature the same terracotta-lined cladding as the rest of the tower, but will instead be encased in a plain glass façade and illuminated from within at night.
One Vanderbilt is preparing for the fast-approaching opening date of August 4, 2020.