Why choose a sky-high attraction when you can accommodate three in one building?
This of course seems to be the idea behind Summit One Vanderbilt, which will open on October 21 at the One Vanderbilt Tower in Manhattan.
Known as “the most immersive observation deck experience in the world”, New York’s latest observation deck is equipped with a fully glass enclosed elevator that can reach more than 1,200 feet, a transparent glass box and a completely mirror-covered Room.
The latter is part of the newly announced art installation “Air”, designed by the artist Kenzo Digital, and described as “a transversal art experience and a story reflected in words and metaphors”.
“The excitement surrounding Summit One Vanderbilt is beyond words,” said Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of SL Green, the Manhattan real estate investment trust that owns the building, in a statement.
Summit One Vanderbilt will open at the One Vanderbilt Tower in Manhattan on October 21st.
“Now that we are finally able to see an amazing, multi-level and multi-room immersive art experience called’air’, people will begin to understand how this destination is different from any other place in the world.”
Visitors can also take the glass elevator in Ascent, which moves up to the exterior of the building and provides exciting views, or experience levitation, which is a set of transparent boxes protruding from the tower, suspending guests on a 1,063-foot tall In the air.
“We can’t wait to welcome New Yorkers and tourists to New York to experience this truly unique destination in the heart of Manhattan connected to Grand Central Station,” Holliday added.
The attractions offered include a glass elevator ride that can travel up to 1,200 feet outside the building.
“People will want to go back to Summit One Vanderbilt again and again.”
Each attraction is part of the 65,000-square-foot entertainment area and observation deck at the summit of Vanderbilt One, a $3.3 billion development designed by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
At 1,401 feet, the building is the fourth tallest building in New York City. The tallest is the One World Trade Center, which measures 1,776 feet.
“The most immersive observatory experience in the world” features art installations with mirrored rooms.
In addition to exciting highlights, Summit One Vanderbilt also has Nordic themed lounges and cafes, food stalls, and an outdoor terrace with “the highest urban alpine meadow in the Western Hemisphere”.
Dickson said in a statement: “New York City will be vibrant this fall, and Vanderbilt One is an incredible attraction for locals and tourists.”
The installation is described as “a journey through art experience and a story reflected in words and metaphors”.
New York has many impressive observation decks, including the Top of the Rock Observatory in Rockefeller Center, whose upper deck is 850 feet above the street, and the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building, which is 1,250 feet above street level.
Top image courtesy of SL Green
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