One Vanderbilt reaches top of crown with spire installation imminent, in Midtown East
One Vanderbilt has reached a huge milestone as construction has topped out on the supertall commercial skyscraper’s tiered steel crown. Workers will soon begin assembly of the 100-foot-tall architectural spire, which will bring the project’s total height to 1,401 feet. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by SL Green, the 77-story Midtown East tower will have a three-story indoor and outdoor public observatory situated at 1,020 feet above street level. Construction of the spire could conceivably finish before the end of the week, given the tremendous speed with which One Vanderbilt has shot upward into the sky.
New photos from street level and from above show the sheer height and presence of One Vanderbilt.
One Vanderbilt seen from Bryant Park. Photo by Michael Young
The crown of One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young
A steel beam being lifted in place. Photo by Michael Young
One Vanderbilt dwarfs the Chrysler Building and MetLife Building. Photo by Michael Young
Looking at the western profile of One Vanderbilt’s crown. Photo by Michael Young
A close-up of the crown. Photo by Michael Young
The Chrysler Building in comparison with the size of One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young
The north side of One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young
The curtain wall is quickly approaching the first setback where the observatory will be located. Previous renderings of One Vanderbilt show the façade of the crown portion made up of glass that highlights the dense array of diagonally sloped steel beams. Upward-projecting lights will illuminate the crown and architectural spire.
One Vanderbilt. Rendering by Visualhouse
One Vanderbilt at night. Rendering by Visualhouse
Completion of One Vanderbilt is expected next year.
Source: New York Yimby
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