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Stunning observation point offers breathtaking views 1,000 ft above NYC

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Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation attraction consists of glass boxes jutting out the side of the skyscraper, letting visitors step out of the main building
Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation attraction consists of glass boxes jutting out the side of the skyscraper, letting visitors step out of the main building
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Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation attraction consists of glass boxes jutting out the side of the skyscraper, letting visitors step out of the main building
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Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation attraction consists of glass boxes jutting out the side of the skyscraper, letting visitors step out of the main building
Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation is situated at a height of 1,063 ft (324 m) above the city streets
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Summit One Vanderbilt's Levitation is situated at a height of 1,063 ft (324 m) above the city streets
Summit One Vanderbilt features a terrace area named Summit Terrace that offers views up to 80 miles (128 km), according to the organizers
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Summit One Vanderbilt features a terrace area named Summit Terrace that offers views up to 80 miles (128 km), according to the organizers
Summit One Vanderbilt offers a glass elevator ride experience named Ascent
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Summit One Vanderbilt offers a glass elevator ride experience named Ascent
Summit One Vanderbilt's Air attraction is a large multi-floor installation near the top of the skyscraper that plays with light and reflections
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Summit One Vanderbilt's Air attraction is a large multi-floor installation near the top of the skyscraper that plays with light and reflections
Summit One Vanderbilt's Air was designed by Kenzo Digital and the installation in its current form is named Transcendence
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Summit One Vanderbilt's Air was designed by Kenzo Digital and the installation in its current form is named Transcendence
“In addition to its remarkable materiality, Air is a living, breathing entity, expressed through its multisensory use of sound, lighting and production design,” says says Kenzo Digital, Artist and CEO at Kenzo Digital Immersive
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“In addition to its remarkable materiality, Air is a living, breathing entity, expressed through its multisensory use of sound, lighting and production design,” says says Kenzo Digital, Artist and CEO at Kenzo Digital Immersive
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Those with a head for heights can soon experience an amazing new viewing point near the top of one of New York City's tallest skyscrapers, One Vanderbilt. The attraction will allow visitors to step out of the skyscraper onto glass boxes, ride around in glass elevators, and journey through a reflective art installation.

The One Vanderbilt skyscraper was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and draws inspiration from NYC's golden era of skyscraper construction, like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. It's finished in terracotta and glass, and reaches a height of 1,401 ft (427 m), making it the city's fourth-tallest skyscraper.

The viewing point itself is named Summit One Vanderbilt and was designed by Snøhetta. It's very ambitious and consists of several parts.

One of the highlights is the so-called Levitation, which allows visitors to step outside the main building onto glass boxes at a height of 1,063 ft (324 m) above Madison Avenue, watching the city streets far below. Another is the Ascent, which is an all-glass elevator ride that takes visitors up to a point over 1,200 ft (364 m) above Manhattan.

Summit One Vanderbilt's Air attraction is a large multi-floor installation near the top of the skyscraper that plays with light and reflections
Summit One Vanderbilt's Air attraction is a large multi-floor installation near the top of the skyscraper that plays with light and reflections

Air, meanwhile, was created by Kenzo Digital and consists of a large mirror-and-glass space that plays with light and reflection. This might sound a little underwhelming, but the photos, as shown above, speak for themselves. Elsewhere lies a nordic-themed café and lounge named Après, and the Summit Terrace, which wraps around the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt and provides an open air viewing point with views up to 80 miles (128 km), according to the organizers.

Tickets for Summit One Vanderbilt are now up for pre-order and start at US$49. It's slated to officially open on October 21.

Source: Summit One Vanderbilt

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TomLeeM
that would be a big NO from me. with a fear of heights, I would never go near that.
TpPa
Tiz always good to have everyone jump up at once for they can land and double their applied weight, maybe 10 people next time