Ticket sales launched yesterday for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, the newest observatory in Manhattan located in the crown of One Vanderbilt in Midtown East. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is a 65,000-square-foot, four-level entertainment space atop the 1,401-foot-tall commercial supertall developed by SL Green Realty and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Interiors were designed by Snøhetta, with the immersive walk-through art experience designed by Kenzo Digital.
The first chapter, known as Air combines panoramic views of Manhattan with reflective surfaces to create the illusion of boundless space. The unique vantage point offers a magnified look of the city skyline, combined with art, sound, and lighting for an experience that is never the same twice.
“In addition to its remarkable materiality, Air is a living, breathing entity, expressed through its multisensory use of sound, lighting, and production design,” said Kenzo Digital, artist and CEO of Kenzo Digital Immersive. “It’s a story that evolves with each successive space, bringing visitors deeper and deeper into the experience until finally, they become part of it. Though Air is deeply personal, the experience reveals a shared consciousness, inviting visitors of any age to revel in collective wonder. Through its boundless juxtapositions of form, Air compels you to live in the present moment: calm, aware, and free.”
In addition to Air, the observatory features an outdoor terrace along the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt known as SUMMIT Terrace with alpine landscaping, Levitation sky boxes where guests can stand on transparent glass 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue, and Ascent, an all-glass elevator with a transparent glass floor that takes guests up the side of the building to over 1,200 feet over Midtown. Après, the lounge and cafe on the 93rd floor will have food and drinks curated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events.
“The excitement surrounding SUMMIT One Vanderbilt has been overwhelming,” said Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of SL Green. “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. 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 will initially be open Thursday through Sunday with ticket prices starting at $39 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets to experience SUMMIT One Vanderbilt beginning October 21, visit summitov.com.