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Two days ago in New York, Edge opened at Hudson Yards—now the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. At 30 Hudson Yards, the sky deck is situated 100 floors up and 80 feet out, welcoming visitors to 360-degree views of the city. Featuring a triangular glass floor and a staircase for even higher views, Edge is unlike any other perspective in the city and beyond. Open year-round, the sky deck also offers free visits to New York City public schools weekly, in an effort to make the space more accessible to all.
Before heading Edge, visitors are invited to experience Journey to Edge—an immersive exploration of the city’s newest neighborhood by LAB at Rockwell Group, which includes details on its construction over an active railyard, sustainability achievements, and more.
“The Edge observation deck is the most dramatic in a series of gestures which link KPF’s buildings, in the Hudson Yards development, to the principal surrounding structures of the city,” said William Pedersen, KPF Founding and Design Principal. “Gesturing directly towards the Empire State Building, and higher than its observation deck, Edge pays homage to its role as the most emblematic of all New York buildings.”
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the deck is on the same level as a bar, and one floor below Peak—a new restaurant and event space. Comprising the triangular 7,500-square-foot viewing area are 15 separate sections of glass flooring weighing up to 100,000 pounds each, and 79 glass panels making up its slanted walls.
“We see Edge as a unique opportunity to experience New York City,” said Marianne Kwok, Design Director, KPF. “With features that complement the design of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge is the result of an immense team effort, and its construction process was unprecedented. Now that it’s finished, I look forward to seeing it used and enjoyed by thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
And in celebration of its opening, L’Observatoire International has also launched a nightly light show, due to run from sunset until midnight through April 4.