Think of New York and the soaring outline of the Empire State Building springs to mind -- or perhaps it's the art deco-style Chrysler Building.
Come 2018, however, there may be a new defining landmark for the city.
The ambitious design of "Vessel
", by architecture firm Heatherwick Studio -- who was responsible for the striking UK pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo
-- was unveiled Wednesday.
An elaborate beehive-like network of stairs, featuring a mile's worth of pathways, it will rise from a public plaza and stand 150 feet (46 meters) tall.
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A look behind the scenes with Thomas Heatherwick in his London studio
Billed as the "centerpiece for the largest development in New York City since the Rockefeller Center", Heatherwick said they want people to climb and explore the structure, not simply admire it.
"Vessel will lift the public up, offering new ways to look at New York, Hudson Yards and each other," the firm said.
It is due to be completed in the fall of 2018 as part of the larger Hudson Yards
initiative, which at $25 billion, is the biggest and most expensive real estate project in the United States to date.
The Hudson Yards development will consist of 16 skyscrapers on the west side, running from the corner of 30th Street and 12th Avenue to 34th Street and 10th Avenue.