'We never thought it would happen': Thomas Heatherwick's $200m gamble

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The British architect has landed in New York with the Vessel, an extravagant 150ft-tall structure, the most talked about element of Hudson Yards

Walking up the steps in leather shoes, a yellow scarf and a suit under his wool coat, British architect Thomas Heatherwick is climbing up the Vessel in New York City, his latest project at Hudson Yards, for the very first time with the public. Looking up, he says: “I’ve been itching for this moment.”

The 150ft-tall structure is a walkable feat boasting 2,500 steps on 159 interconnecting flights of stairs. With an elevator for those who can’t manage the mile-long walk to the top, this masterpiece offers a view of the Hudson River from the west side of Manhattan.

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