Vessel (TKA) is a structure and landmark built as part of the Hudson Yards Development Plan in Manhattan, New York, USA. It was built according to the design of British architect Thomas Heatherwick, the structure that resembles a complex bee-panel pattern rises 16 stories and consists of 154 stair sections, 2,500 steps, and 80 visitor platforms. Vessel is the main attraction of the 5-hectare public square at Hudson Yards. The structure has been financed by the Hudson Yards developer, its total cost is $200 million dollars.
The Vessel concept was unveiled to the public on September 14, 2016. Construction began in April 2017, with parts manufactured in Italy and shipped to the United States. Construction of Vessel was completed in December 2017 with the installation of its tallest part, and it was inaugurated on 15 March 2019.
The name of the structure is temporary, as indicated by the abbreviation TKA (in Spanish: Temporariamente Known As). Upon its inauguration, Vessel has received various comments, some critics highlighting its prominent location in Hudson Yards, and others denigrating the structure as extravagant. During its first year, Vessel has also been criticized for its restrictive copyright policy regarding photographs taken from the structure, as well as the lack of accessibility for disabled visitors, issues that were later resolved.