SUMMIT ONE VANDERBILT, NEW YORK’S GLASS BOX OBSERVATORY SET TO OPEN 

 

summit one vanderbilt — the 65,000 square foot, four-level entertainment observatory on new york’s one vanderbuilt skyscraper — is finally opening to the public on the 21st of october, 2021. set on the top floors of the kohn pedersen fox (KPF)-designed tower, the project will feature three sky-high attractions: transcendence, an euphoric multisensory experience which is the first chapter of air, an art installation conceived by kenzo digital; outdoor glass elevators soaring the tallest exterior vantage point in manhattan’s midtown; and an snøhetta-designed nordic-themed lounge and café. 

 

‘the excitement surrounding summit one vanderbilt has been overwhelming. now that we are finally able to offer a glimpse into the awe-inspiring, multi-level and multi-room immersive art experience that is air, people will begin to understand how different this destination is from any other in the world,’ said marc holliday, chairman and CEO of SL green. ‘we can’t wait to welcome new yorkers and visitors to new york to experience this truly unique destination right in the heart of manhattan connected to grand central terminal. people are going to want to come back to summit one vanderbilt again and again.’

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
the observatory is opening to the public on the 21st of october, 2021
images courtesy of SL green

 

THREE SKY-HIGH ATTRACTIONS AT THE SUMMIT ONE VANDERBILT OBSERVATORY

 

the observatory at summit one vanderbuilt offers spectacular views, thrill experiences, world-class food and beverage, and an outdoor terrace with the highest urban alpine meadow in the western hemisphere. the levitation boxes allow guests to step out from the envelope of the building and stand on transparent glass 1,063 feet above madison avenue. ascent, an all glass elevator with transparent glass floor, will take guests from the terrace level up the side of the building, to over 1,200 feet (364 meters), nesting at the highest viewpoint in midtown manhattan. and après will allow guest to relax at the sky-high lounge and café featuring bespoke light fare and a cocktail program curated by danny meyer’s union square events.

 

après’s offerings can be enjoyed inside the nordic-themed lounge and café designed by snøhetta or outside on the summit terraced. the summit terrace wraps around the south and west sides of one vanderbilt and is the perfect open air viewing spot to take in the views for up to 80 miles.

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
the project will feature three sky-high attractions

 

SUMMIT ONE VANDERBILT IS A 65,000 SQUARE FOOT, FOUR-LEVEL ENTERTAINMENT SPACE

 

summit one vanderbilt is a 65,000 square foot, four-level entertainment space that has taken years to conceive, design and develop bringing together a team of leading experts in design and architecture. snøhetta designed summit one vanderbilt’s interior as a sensory urban experience that lifts visitors into the sky.

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
an outdoor terrace with the highest urban alpine meadow in the western hemisphere

 

‘summit one vanderbilt is an immersive and sensory space embracing the cityscape of new york,’ said anne-rachel schiffmann, director of snøhetta. ‘between integrated art, sound and lighting, and the observatory’s expansive views, our approach to interior design allows visitors to understand their place in the larger city.’

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
an immersive mirror-clad experience designed by kenzo digital

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york

 

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
the levitation boxes allow guests to step out from the envelope of the building

summit one vanderbilt glass box observatory set to open in new york
you can buy your tickets here

 

project info:

 

name: summit one vanderbilt
location: new york city, NY
client: SL green realty corporation, 420 lexington avenue, new york, NY 10170

 

art installations: kenzo digital

interior design: snøhetta