Looks like this architect is all set to create history with a collosal 16-storey staircase sculpture in the centre of Manhattan. Dubbed as New York’s Eiffel Tower, Thomas Heatherwick’s creation will be a huge climbing frame – 600 tonnes, 154 individual flights of stairs, 80 landings with 2.500 steps.
Heatherwick who is known for designing the London 2012 Olympic torch, was commissioned to build the structure at the heart of the city. “In a city full of eye-catching structures, our first thought was that it shouldn’t just be something to look at,” Heatherwick told the Telegraph. “Instead we wanted to make something that everybody could use, touch, relate to,” he added.
The structure which the architect fondly refers to as the Vessel is currently under construction in Monfalcone, Italy and the individual bronzed-steel and concrete pieces will not be assembled on site until next year. And even then, the project will be completed only in 2024. Once ready, it will accommodate offices, a school, shops, homes, a hotel, and 14 acres of gardens, walkways and squares!
Heatherwick’s inspiration for this project seems to be an old flight of stairs outside a local building site which he fell in love with while he was still a student. According to a report in Telegraph, he said, “It caught my imagination and I loved that is was part furniture and part infrastructure. You could climb up stairs, jump on them, dance on them, get tired on them and then plonk yourself down on them.”
Ambitious, but something worth seeing, don’t you think?