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Peek at One Vanderbilt's glass and terra cotta facade in new mock up

The 1,400-foot tower will have ornamentation recalling the architecture of Grand Central Terminal

Construction is moving right along at One Vanderbilt, the supertall office tower that’s rising next to Grand Central Terminal. Though it’ll be quite some time before the skyscraper itself begins to make its presence known on the skyline—cranes only arrived at the site recently, and its first steel column just went up in June—its PR team has kept the updates coming on its very active Instagram feed.

The most recent of those offers a peek at what the supertall may eventually look like—a snap reveals a mock-up of its facade, manufactured by Permasteelisa Group. (h/t YIMBY)

The tower will be covered in a glass curtain wall, but per the photo caption, it will also have “diagonal spandrels” of terra cotta dotted throughout, “with a concentration at the base, designed to interplay with the Beaux Arts landmark.” That would be Grand Central, where terra cotta can be found in spots like the Grand Central Oyster Bar and the Whispering Gallery, both of which are distinguished by lovely Guastavino tile work. (The addition of terra cotta is also what helped win over the Landmarks Preservation Commission.)

Assuming all goes according to plan, the real thing should be visible sometime next year.

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