One Vanderbilt Pops Into The Midtown Skyline, Reaches Past Halfway Point for Full Height

One Vanderbilt as seen from One Manhattan Square, image by Andrew Campbell NelsonOne Vanderbilt as seen from One Manhattan Square, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

At the beginning of 2018, One Vanderbilt Avenue was only just rising above its retail podium. While it was as wide as it would ever be, it was hard to imagine the inevitable future height that the Midtown has already reached. When complete, the supertall will be the fourth tallest skyscraper in New York City, competing with the Billionaires Row and FiDi Supertalls, and now it’s finally piercing the Midtown plateau. Work is about three or four floors below the 808-foot-tall Metlife building, meaning One Vanderbilt is well past half its full height of 1,401 feet. Hines and SL Green are responsible for the development.

One Vanderbilt as seen from 565 Broome Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

One Vanderbilt as seen from 565 Broome Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The future 1,401-foot-tall supertall will be adding 1,750,000 square feet to the neighborhood, with uses spanning civic, cultural, and retail functionalities. Its main purpose, of course, will be for office space. Already, many tenants have agreed to lease space, including TD Bank, which will be the anchor tenant. They will occupy 200,000 square feet, and have a flagship store at the corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. Other tenants include the Carlyle Group, McDermott, Greenberg Traurig, and DZ Bank.

One Vanderbilt, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

One Vanderbilt, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is responsible for the design. Façade installation is already well underway. The curtain wall and terracotta mix works well for the city. The pattern imposes an upward energy to the tower, like a corkscrew spinning the building higher and higher. This spiral rise is mimicked on a larger scale at the tower’s crown, with four sections rising one higher than the next.

One Vanderbilt base, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

One Vanderbilt base, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The crown will be very tall, and does not present many habitable floors. This is why the tower is just over halfway toward its actual peak, and yet has just 16 floors left before reaching the top floor. The 70,000 square foot observation deck will occupy floors 57 through 59, and the top floor will be only 1,020 feet above street level.

One Vanderbilt from the Chrysler Building, rendering courtesy Hines

One Vanderbilt from the Chrysler Building, rendering courtesy Hines

One Vanderbilt podium as seen from Grand Central, rendering courtesy Hines

One Vanderbilt podium as seen from Grand Central, rendering courtesy Hines

The city’s future fourth-tallest tower is marching quickly toward completion, with an expectation to open by 2020.

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3 Comments on "One Vanderbilt Pops Into The Midtown Skyline, Reaches Past Halfway Point for Full Height"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Tower of the year, rising everyday to its achievement.

  2. One Vandy might be a great one, now when are they going to do something with that hotel just to the east of Grand Central?..it’s awful

  3. Please pardon my using your space: will this beat the 57th Street towers to top out??

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