One Vanderbilt, a forthcoming supertall designed by our friends at Kohn Pedersen Fox, is expected to top out, at 1,401′, in fewer than two years; in the meantime, new construction photos show its distinctive terra cotta facade. Upon completion, expected to occur in mid-2020—construction is as yet well ahead of schedule—the 77-storey tower will become the New York’s fourth-tallest; it is is expected to reach 50-storeys by the end of 2018, and 37% of its units are already leased. Additionally, the building will feature the city’s fourth-tallest observation deck, at the observatory at One Vanderbilt, which will feature 3-storeys of indoor and outdoor space, and will exist 1,K+’ in elevation. A big draw for prospective leasees are the units’ extremely high ceilings, which range from 14.5′ to 24′, and columnless floorplates. To make this project possible, its developer SL Green spent $220M on a connection to and general improvements of the Grand Central Terminal subway station, adding a 4,K SqFt transit hall for commuters to gather. KPF will also add a 15,K SqFt public plaza along Vanderbilt Avenue to flank the building’s entrance.
Jeff T. Blau Hall at the University of Michigan was designed by our friends at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), and is characterized by a contemporary linear aesthetic. The Hall houses UM’s Ross School of Business and contains classrooms, lecture halls, and public space. The exterior of the hall was created with a material palette of stone, terra-cotta, and glass arranged in geometric patterns. The glass volumes are LEED Gold certified, in keeping with the team’s and project’s focus on innovation and sustainability; the Hall has other energy-efficient features including expansive windows which minimize the need for artificial lighting, and a landscape design which reduces storm-water runoff.