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James von Klemperer Presents One Vanderbilt to National Arts Club

The KPF President and Design Principal shared the historical background and design concepts underpinning the tallest office tower in Midtown Manhattan.

In his presentation, von Klemperer discussed the concept of “connective urbanism” that formed the foundation of KPF’s design for One Vanderbilt. Fulfilling that vision of accessible public transit and pedestrian space, One Vanderbilt offers a direct connection to Grand Central Terminal and establishes a walkable plaza abutting the historic structure. One Vanderbilt also pays homage to the terminal and other city landmarks through its aesthetic identity, which features a tapered form and a terra cotta façade. By prioritizing the public, the project has spurred a new era of development for the area surrounding Grand Central.

The National Arts Club was founded to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts. Today, it hosts both members-only and public events, including exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures, and readings.

Read more about the March 17th webinar here. Watch his presentation on YouTube here.