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Hudson Yards 'Vessel'

The Mill

Unveiling a new landmark in New York City.

Landmarks are part of the city and the more they are open to public use the more effective they become. The short film by The Mill introduces the "Vessel," the public landmark for the Hudson Yards development in Manhattan, designed by Heatherwick Studio.

Rather than merely designing something to look at, Heatherwick Studio undertook the challenge of creating a landmark of which every inch could be climbed and explored. Vessel is intended to lift the public up, offering new ways to view the surrounding city. Inspired by Indian step wells, its 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,400 steps and 80 landings create a mile's worth of pathway rising up above the public plaza. It is constructed of a structural painted steel frame and the under surfaces are clad with a polished copper-coloured steel skin.

As a creative agency, The Mill explores forms of expression through the creation of stories, often blurring real scenes with high-quality and innovative visual effects: an example is their impressive work for the "Wide Open" video by The Chemical Brothers. The Vessel reveal film is conceived as a tribute to New York City life. The directors, Adam Carboni and Tom Basis, took inspiration from the pace of New Yorkers' daily commutes. Starring the New York-based dance troupe Alvin Ailey, the film brings early morning commuters together in the shadow of the iconic Vessel structure. Tom Basis comments: "The feeling of excitement and creativity in the Vessel itself is what inspired us to visualize this narrative in an energetic way." Adam Carboni adds: "The film we made is meant to not only announce this iconic Vessel, but to create excitement and some mystery about its design and the emotion it will bring to the city."

The short film was released for the first public presentation of the project, so The Mill helped to foster interest in the building, soon to be a protagonist in the urban scene of New York's commuters.

(Story by Paola Ricco, The Architecture Player)


Architect: Heatherwick studio
Mentioned project: Vessel (2016)
Project location: New York, USA
Group Leader: Stuart Wood
Project Leader: Laurence Dudeney
Team: Einar Blixhavn, Charlotte Bovis, Antoine van Erp, Felipe Escudero; Thomas Farmer, Jessica In, Nilufer Kocabas, Panagiota Kotsovinou, Alexander Laing, Elli Liverakou, Luke Plumbley, Daniel Portilla, Jeff Powers, Matthew Pratt, Peter Romvári, Ville Saarikoski, Takashi Tsurumaki, Ivan Ucros Polley
Director: Adam Carboni, Tom Basis
Executive Producer: Ian Bearce
Producer: Rob Mackler, Kyle Davis, Georgina Castle
Production Coordinator: Tabitha Ozturk
Shoot Supervisor and 2D Lead Artist: Kyle Cody
2D Artist: Dae Yoon Kang
Colourist: Mikey Rossiter
Colour Coordinator: Evan Bauer
Colour Producer: Natalie Westerfield
Sound Design: Rob Ballingall
Music: Zac Colwell, Louis Schwadron
Senior Producer: Halle Petro
Editor: Leanne Belgiorno
Edit Assist: Rachel Greco
Executive Producer, Colour: Dee Allen

USA 2013
Duration: 1'44''