Last week, the top half of One Vanderbilt‘s 100-foot-tall architectural spire was finally replaced at the pinnacle of the 77-story Midtown East supertall. The spire was first put in place when the 1,401-foot-tall skyscraper topped out on September 18, 2019, but was disassembled in mid-December to make it easier for the construction crane to swing about. The reinstallation marks a major construction milestone for the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed office tower, which is getting close to completion.
Recent photos show the fully topped-out edifice with only a few sections of the curtain wall among the tapering crown remaining to be installed. Close-up shots show the outdoor observatory, known as The Summit, with its tall glass railings in place directly below the first sloped setback.
It won’t be long before the final panel is installed and the construction crane can be disassembled. Meanwhile, the exterior hoist on the northern elevation has been steadily coming down, revealing the real width of the superstructure. The thin diagonal lines that zigzag on each face of the crown are now starting to become more visually apparent, and add an extra layer of detail to the upper building massing. The massive skyscraper makes a tremendous addition to the Midtown skyline, joining landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the rising cityscape of Hudson Yards.
Probably the most anticipated aspect of One Vanderbilt is The Summit indoor-outdoor observatory that will stand 1,000 feet above the city. Slated to open in October 2021, the observatory is designed by Snohetta and will be managed by SL Green. Amenities for the building’s commercial tenants include meeting rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor terrace. The building is also slated to feature an 11,000-square-foot restaurant from Daniel Boulud.
YIMBY previously reported that One Vanderbilt is slated to finish and open on August 4, 2020.