Progressing at breakneck speed since the demolition of the original extant commercial buildings in early 2016, One Vanderbilt‘s rise into the Midtown skyline has occurred at the quickest pace since the Roaring Twenties, when the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building were each completed within very short timeframes.
Nearly ninety years later, a new icon is about to puncture the sky with even greater height, and a spire that reaches 1,401 feet above street level, which will make it the tallest office tower in Midtown. The 58-story skyscraper is being developed by SL Green and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and will total nearly 1.75 million square feet of commercial space.
Located on a full city block between 42nd Street and 43rd Street, and Madison Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue, the tower has already climbed past the 30th floor, and now the facade installation has begun. With an immaculate appearance and quality craftsmanship, the striking details and sloped, indented grooves in the spandrel live up to their expectations.
Boston Valley is the manufacturer of the high-performance glazed, white terracotta facade set in between each floor of wrap-around glass, rising towards a gently tapering crown of multiple interlocking, sloped tiers, and climaxing with a large architectural lit spire.
Terracotta has been a popular and in-demand material for several new skyscrapers going up all over the city including 111 West 57th Street, The Fitzroy, and 9 DeKalb Avenue, aiming to invoke and rejuvenate the sensation of traditional New York skyscrapers.
At the rate One Vanderbilt is rising, nearly three floors per month, it could top-off one year from now, sometime in August of 2019. The final floors that include its signature 300-foot-tall tiered setbacks may take a little more time to create, compared to the staggered and repetitive office floors below.
Back in November YIMBY reported on several reconfigured design proposals for the exterior facade and height of the observation deck floors, with confirmation about the final outlook yet to be heard. The top of the skyscraper will house the public observation deck, which is reported to span three stories and will include an exterior section that could tie for the highest outdoor observation deck with Related’s 30 Hudson Yards. Both are set to be 1,100 feet above ground, beating the Empire State Building by 80 feet.
One Vanderbilt is set to be fully complete in 2020.