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May 12, 2021

SL Green Realty unveils first look of Summit One Vanderbilt tower

SL Green Realty reveals the first look of Summit One Vanderbilt observatory located in New York City, US.

SL Green Realty has unveiled the first look of Summit One Vanderbilt, the world’s most immersive cultural experience and observatory, located in the crown of One Vanderbilt in Manhattan, New York City, US.

One Vanderbilt is a new tower in the heart of Manhattan and stands 1,401ft tall.

Connected to Grand Central Terminal directly, Summit One Vanderbilt will be the latest in a series of anticipated openings at One Vanderbilt as part of the $3.3bn development.

Summit One Vanderbilt’s interior has been designed by Snøhetta as a sensory urban experience that lifts visitors into the sky. The project builds a series of interconnected experiences that begin in the vaulted halls of Grand Central Terminal.

Set for launch on 21 October, it is produced by SL Green Realty with art experience designed by Kenzo Digital and interior design by Snøhetta and features an outdoor bar as well as seating areas.

All-glass enclosed elevator called Ascent at Summit One Vanderbilt will travel up the outside of the building to views that soar at 1,210ft above New York City.

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Additionally, adventurers will step out into fully transparent glass skyboxes called Levitation that suspends guests 1,063ft above Madison Avenue.

SL Green Realty chairman and CEO Marc Holliday said: “Summit One Vanderbilt is awe-inspiring, magical and needs to be experienced to be understood. It is a special, thrilling place that New Yorkers and travellers from across the country and the world will want to visit time and time again.”

The 65,000ft² entertainment space features four levels and has taken years to conceive, design and develop.

Snøhetta founding partner architect Craig Dykers said: “From the spacious and calm entrance hall to the dramatic lobbies above, Snøhetta has designed a continuous yet evolving adventure.

“This culminates with the landscape design of one of the world’s highest gardens at the top of The Summit. Each space is sensitively considered to ensure the optimum experience within a changing dynamic as one is transported from the ground to the sky and back.”

Snøhetta founding partner architect Craig Dykers said: “In addition to the exciting artistic works at The Summit, Snøhetta has created an elegant interior design that naturally guides visitors through an uplifting experience. From the spacious and calm entrance hall to the dramatic lobbies above, Snøhetta has designed a continuous yet evolving adventure.

“This culminates with the landscape design of one of the world’s highest gardens at the top of The Summit. Each space is sensitively considered to ensure the optimum experience within a changing dynamic as one is transported from the ground to the sky and back.”

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