Work starts on New York high-rise which will eclipse 432 Park Avenue

Construction has begun on Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) One Vanderbilt tower which will overtake 432 Park Avenue as the second-tallest structure in New York City.

The ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the tower’s construction took place at the site beside Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan.

At 452m it will surpass the height of Rafael Vińoly’s skinny residential skyscraper 432 Park Avenue (426m) but remain short of One World Trade Center (541m).

The project is going ahead after legal proceedings filed in 2015 over air rights were abandoned in August 2016.

An entire city block was demolished to make way for the glass-sheathed skyscraper which is designed to reference New York’s Art Deco towers,

One Vanderbilt will feature angled sides that finish in steps towards its spire-topped pinnacle and will connect to Grand Central’s concourse via a giant staircase and a series of escalators at its base.