The most incredible observatory in the world is about to be born in New York

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Why settle for one sky-high attraction when you can have three in the same building? This certainly seems to be the goal behind the Summit One Vanderbilt, which will open at Manhattan's One Vanderbilt Tower on October 21.

Billed as "the most immersive panoramic experience in the world", New York's last observation deck can be reached via an elevator made entirely of glass that rises over 365 meters to reach the artistic installation renamed "Air". The project, conceived by the artist Kenzo Digital, is described as an artistic experience and a story of both literal and figurative reflection. This huge glazed environment, entirely covered with mirrors, allows an overwhelming view of the whole of Manhattan.

"The excitement surrounding Summit One Vanderbilt has gone way beyond expectations," Marc Holliday, president and CEO of SL Green, the Manhattan-based real estate investment fund that owns the building, said in a statement. "Now that we're finally able to offer a glimpse into the majestic immersive, multi-level, multi-room art experience that 'Air' represents, people will begin to understand how unique this destination is in the world."

“But Air won't be the only flagship attraction at Vanderbilt Summit One. The multisensory experience will be enriched by "Ascent", theglass elevator which stands at the highest outdoor vantage point in midtown Manhattan and offers thrilling and “Levitation” views of the completely transparent cubic structures which, exposed outside the skyscraper, give the sensation of being suspended in the void.

In addition to these adrenaline-pumping attractions, Summit One Vanderbilt also offers a lounge and a Nordic themed café, designed by snøhetta, catering facilities and an outdoor terrace with the "tallest urban alpine meadow in the western hemisphere".

Each of the attractions is part of the nearly 20.000-square-foot entertainment area located at the pinnacle of One Vanderbilt, a project that cost over 3,3 billion dollars and designed by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. With a height of 427 meters, the building is the fourth tallest in New York City. The tallest is One World Trade Center, with its 541 meters.

"New York City will be full of energy this fall and Summit One Vanderbilt will be an amazing addition to its attractions for locals and visitors," Dixon said in a statement. Tickets for the Vanderbilt Summit One have kicked off these days, with prices starting at $ 39 for adults.

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