flexiblefullpage -
billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Currently Reading

Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck opens

High-rise Construction

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.


See Also: Danish hospital is constructed from 24 steel frame modules


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

Related Stories

High-rise Construction | Aug 11, 2022

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for a one-building city stretching over 100 miles long

Saudi Arabia recently announced plans for an ambitious urban project called The Line—a one-building city in the desert that will stretch 170 kilometers (106 miles) long and only 200 meters (656 feet) wide.

Building Team | Jun 13, 2022

A mixed-used building to rise above Fort Lauderdale, with views of downtown and the ocean

ODA, a New York-based architecture and design studio, recently released renderings of Ombelle, a project including two residential towers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Building Team | May 11, 2022

Miami to get its first supertall building

After completing its first supertall building, 111 W 57th Street in New York, developer PMG is now preparing for the groundbreaking of the first supertall in Miami: Waldorf Astoria Miami.

High-rise Construction | Apr 14, 2022

Seattle’s high-rise convention center nears completion

The new Washington State Convention Center Summit Building—billed as the first high-rise convention center in North America—is on track to complete most of its construction later this year.  

Multifamily Housing | Apr 7, 2022

Ken Soble Tower becomes world’s largest residential Passive House retrofit

The project team for the 18-story high-rise for seniors slashed the building’s greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent and its heating energy demand by 91 percent.

Multifamily Housing | Mar 28, 2022

Singapore’s new Irwell Hill residences will be built around heritage rain trees

The recently unveiled design of Irwell Hill, twin 36-story residence towers, calls for the development to be situated among copious greenery including preserved heritage rain trees.

Legislation | Mar 28, 2022

LEED Platinum office tower faces millions in fines due to New York’s Local Law 97

One Bryant Park, also known as the Bank of America Tower, in Manhattan faces an estimated $2.4 million in annual fines when New York City’s York’s Local Law 97 goes into effect.

Multifamily Housing | Mar 15, 2022

A 42-story tower envelops residents in Vancouver’s natural beauty

The city of Vancouver is world-renowned for the stunning nature that surrounds it: water, beaches, mountains. A 42-story tower, Fifteen Fifteen, will envelop residents in that natural beauty.

Projects | Mar 11, 2022

Studying science in the sky

In sharp contrast to other types of commercial real estate, the life sciences market is booming, according to SGA, an architecture firm based in Boston and New York that has extensive experience designing life sciences buildings.

Urban Planning | Nov 11, 2021

Reimagining the concrete and steel jungle, SOM sees buildings that absorb more carbon than they emit

The firm presented its case for a cleaner built environment during the Climate Change conference in Scotland.

boombox1 - default
boombox2 -
native1 -

More In Category

halfpage1 -

Most Popular Content

  1. 2021 Giants 400 Report
  2. Top 150 Architecture Firms for 2019
  3. 13 projects that represent the future of affordable housing
  4. Sagrada Familia completion date pushed back due to coronavirus
  5. Top 160 Architecture Firms 2021


Magazine Subscription

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.


Follow BD+C: