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Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck opens

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Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck opens

The attraction is part of 30 Hudson Yards.


By David Malone, Associate Editor | March 20, 2020
Edge outdoor sky deck

All images courtesy Related Companies and Oxford Properties

On March 11, Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck, officially opened at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City.

The 7,500-sf outdoor viewing area features a glass floor, angled glass walls (comprising 79 glass panels in total), and outdoor skyline steps from the building’s 100th to 101st floors. The attraction also includes “Journey to Edge,” an immersive, multi-room show that tells the history of New York City’s Hudson Yards from construction over an active rail yard to sustainability achievements and more.

 

Edge east view

 

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (also the architect for 30 Hudson Yards), the triangular design of Edge extends 80 feet from the building and completes the tower’s architectural dialogue with the city. The observation deck weighs 765,000 pounds and comprises 15 sections, each weighing between 35,000 and 100,000 pounds. Each section is bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the building.

 

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Also located on the 100th floor is a bar that offers drinks and food that can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the sky deck. On the 101st floor is Peak, a restaurant, bar, and event space operated by hospitality group RHC.

The interiors for both Edge and Peak were designed by Rockwell Group. “Journey to Edge” was created by Rockwell Group’s experience design studio, LAB at Rockwell Group.

 

Edge during the day

 

Edge's eastern point

 

Edge glass floor from below

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