Khezervika Studio will build in New York "Vessel", formed by an endless staircase
Thomas Heatherwick is preparing for New York a new monumental public art object that will become the center of the developing Hudson Yards microdistrict in the west of Manhattan. Heatherwick Studio has already presented the first visualization of the “Vessel”, a 15-storey inhabited sculpture formed by 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs.
The sosud cell structure, inspired by the fascinating geometry of Indian stepped wells, resembles a hive or jungle for a sports field — and indeed it will be a good training for those who decide to climb almost 2500 steps of vertical tracks of a design that are almost a mile of way .
The object was shaped like a cone, expanding from 50 feet at the base to 150 at the top. Attention is attracted not only by the geometry, but also by the shell of the steel frame, made of polished copper-colored steel, on which the area lying below will be distortedly reflected.
“We had to think about what could be the symbol of this place,” said Thomas Hezervik. - "Something that would help give this space an individuality and make it special."
The design will adorn the central Hudson Yards area and will be surrounded by evergreen plantings from native plants and shaded by treetops. There are a variety of seats, where visitors to the neighboring Culture Shed and High Line can relax from the movements.
The platform itself is unique from a technical point of view, as it serves as a ventilation cover for the railway depot and at the same time serves as a reservoir for collecting rainwater and protecting against flooding during the storm.
See also: Complex "Mantilla" (La Mantilla) / Jacques Ferrier
The cost of the “Vessel” is estimated at $ 150 million, which is twice the originally declared budget of $ 75 million.