The Vessel – architectural jungle gym made of glass

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Honeycomb Structure Has 16 Floors, 154 Flights Of Stairs, 2,500 Steps & 80 Platforms

The Vessel is an iconic structure and landmark built as part of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project in Manhattan, New York City.

On 6 December 2019, the project won a major prize at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. A note from the jury explains the reason for the award: “People engage with this platform in a new and innovative way. It has clear structural innovation which offers all communities in the city the potential to devise new creative moments in peoples’ lives”. Built to plans by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises over 16 floors and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps and 80 platforms that visitors can climb. The copper-clad steps, which are arranged like a jungle gym and modelled after Indian step wells, can each accommodate 1,000 people. Croatian company FORMATOR Safety Glass, based in Rijeka, produced the 4,000 square meters of 1010.4 low iron tempered laminated glass with SentryGlas® interlayer. The production of the low iron glass was very challenging, as the tolerances of the shaped glass were very strict. TYROLIT took up the challenge and delivered its flat peripheral diamond wheels on vertical CNC machines. FORMATOR employed the use of both segmented and trapezoidal peripheral discs with diameters of 200 mm to reach tolerances near zero. FORMATOR employees working with laminated glass not only benefited from the perfect edge processing, but also from the high feed speed and the optimal start-up of the wheels. In addition, the long service life of these peripheral grinding wheels made fewer interruptions necessary for wheel changes and consequently also brought economic advantages. TYROLIT tools used for the project Peripheral Wheels For Glass Processing Continuous rim for edge processing: Metal bond trapezoidal and pencil edge peripheral wheels for single and double straight edging machines: conventional and vertical CNC machines. For application in the flat glass, household appliance and solar industry. Extensive range of diameters and tools for glass. Diamond Peripheral Wheels For Flat Edges Segmented rim: Metal bond tools for flat glass edges. Application: single and double straight edging machines, CNC machines. Diameters from 25 to 200 mm. For processing glass thicknesses from 3 to 19 mm

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