Vertical Urbanism: One Vanderbilt, New York City
Session: Track F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Office, Part 1
Executive Vice President of Development, SL Green Realty Corp.
New York City
Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
New York City
One Vanderbilt establishes a state-of-the-art office- tower with an urban base that includes an active
pedestrian plaza and integrated transit hall, fitting into the city’s network of public transportation and
blending private enterprise and the public realm. The design incorporates all the services required
for the building’s operation into the core and is organized at the center of each floor plate. This
allows for the accommodation of a variety of floorplates and features column-free areas, 360-degree
views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and natural daylight into the deepest portions of each space.
The building currently serves as office headquarters for many of the world’s leading finance,
banking, law and real estate firms.
The base of the building joins the spatial sequence of Grand Central and forms a doorstep to the
city, greeting thousands of commuters daily. An integrated complex of below-grade conditions offers
connections to the Grand Central Terminal, while an active pedestrian plaza is located on Vanderbilt
Avenue. In 2022, the tower will fully support the new plan for East Side Access, which extends Long
Island Railroad (LIRR) service to Grand Central.
Achieving both LEED and WELL Platinum certifications, the tower incorporates sustainability design
and construction methodologies to ensure it maintains one of the lowest carbon footprints across
similarly scaled building in New York City.