One Vanderbilt’s Glass Crown Takes Shape in Midtown East

One Vanderbilt, photo by Michael Young

Glass paneling is steadily enclosing the tiered crown of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s One Vanderbilt as the supertall inches closer to completion. Developed by SL Green, the 77-story, 1,401-foot-tall commercial office tower is by far the largest construction project underway in Midtown East and is among the most prominent new additions to the New York skyline.

Photos from around the city show the skyscraper from different angles and in varying lighting conditions. The top half of the 100-foot-tall architectural spire should be put back in place in the coming months, once all of the curtain wall glass has been installed.

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, installation is continuing on the windows that enclose the 1,000-foot-high public observatory, called The Summit. Designed by Snohetta and managed by SL Green, the three-story facility is located around the first setback on the southern elevation. This space can be seen in the below photo adjacent to the Chrysler Building’s crown, indicated by the more transparent glass panels.

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt’s upper façade features thin diagonal lines that span the width of each tier of the crown, complementing the angled slopes of the multiple setbacks. The eventual disassembly of the exterior hoist on the northern elevation will give the tower a much more slender profile when viewed from the east and west. See photos from YIMBY’s October tour of the crown for an impression of the views the skyscraper will provide over Midtown.

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

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.

One Vanderbilt is slated to finish and open on August 4, 2020, while The Summit is expected to open sometime in 2021.

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9 Comments on "One Vanderbilt’s Glass Crown Takes Shape in Midtown East"

  1. David in Bushwick | April 13, 2020 at 8:19 am | Reply

    I can see this building from where I still continue to work and for the last several months, nothing seems to be happening with the exterior. Last summer, you could watch the daily advancement of curtain wall, but work just seemed to stop during the winter. It’s a very curious delay that the virus will now extend.

  2. “Inching closer” on a 1400′ building is a long haul.. 🙂
    STAY HEALTHY EVERYBODY !!

  3. It is a great addition to New York City! New York will emerge more powerful then ever!

  4. WOW!
    Am amazed at how this tower has grown since I was in NYC, during August 2017! I took pics of it when it was only a few floors, barely at height of GST, and was impressed at how large the base was then. I was hoping to make a return trip this year, but due to Coronavirus, will have to try for 2021? Anxious to see in person.
    Stay safe everyone.

  5. This building really makes the skyline look great, especially from Rt 3.

  6. It look amazing!! That building at Hudson yards with the observation deck is hideous though.

  7. Lovely tower, but I wish it was its original proposed height: 1,501. Or taller. Its really only a 1,301-ft tower with a 100-ft mast which is hard to see from a distance. So I don’t count it. Maybe its because of this that I don’t see that much of a difference on the skyline. Sort of like 53W53 which unfortunately doesn’t make any difference at all, despite its great looks.

  8. Great pictures.

  9. The interesting thing is the public space 1000 ft up. Will there be a dedicated entry? Wonder if that was a concession. Or perhaps so ppl then eat at the restaurant.

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