30 Hudson Yards in New York City. Photo Credit: Connie Zhou

One Vanderbilt in New York City. Photo Credit: Raimund Koch

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Architectural Digest Recognizes KPF Towers as New York’s Most Iconic Supertalls

Among an illustrious group of New York City towers, 30 Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt are heralded for their striking silhouettes.

New York City has contributed immensely to the fame of the skyscraper as a building typology, generating these markers of innovation across the city. The bounds of verticality were pushed when the Chrysler Building was built in New York, becoming the world’s first supertall. Acknowledging how the city’s supertalls have shaped the iconic urban skyline and impacted architecture across the globe, the article pays tribute to New York’s most identifiable buildings.

The article features earlier skyscrapers, such as the Woolworth Tower and the Empire State Building, alongside examples of newer developments, such as 432 Park Avenue and One World Trade Center. KPF President James von Klemperer and the firm’s designers are identified as leading architects for these mixed-use towers, credited for 30 Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt.

With its distinctive slanted rise, triangular forms, and outdoor observation deck, 30 Hudson Yards adds a captivating silhouette to the New York skyline. The article describes the super-tall office building as “a beacon for the exclusive neighborhood” of Hudson Yards, characterized by the intersection of retail, restaurants, and culture.

One Vanderbilt is recognized for its dominant silhouette as well, defining the skyline as the tallest office tower in Midtown Manhattan. The article highlights how the construction of One Vanderbilt “prompted the pedestrianization of Vanderbilt Avenue,” transforming the city in more ways than one. Its tapering volumes, angled cuts, and visual gestures to Grand Central make One Vanderbilt an iconic New York City skyscraper.

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