WAN Awards 2018

MONDAY 21 MAY 2018

WAN Jobs
News Review
WAN Urban Challenge
WAN Awards
Previous Next

One World Observatory, New York, United States

Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

One WTC observation deck unveiled

One World Observatory by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York, United States
A still from the short film 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment

Viewing platform 100 floors above Manhattan revealed through short film by Port Authority 

Today the media got an insider’s tour of the new observation deck at One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. On hand were David Checketts, Chairman of and CEO of Legends Hospitality, which won the license to operate the deck along with officials of the Port Authority New York and New Jersey and the Durst Organization.

The three-level observatory, to be known as One World Observatory, will open for business in 2015. It is expected to become the top tourist site in the tri-state region and forecast to bring in $875m over the course of its 15 year lease. Visitors to the deck will be whisked skyward in a 60 second elevator trip to the 100-102 floors that will surround them in a virtual experience of being outside the building.

On arrival to the 100th floor, they will be treated to a theatre presentation called ‘See Forever’ where they will learn about the history of the building. The observation deck will also include fine dining and a gift shop. But the main attraction is the 360 degree panoramic view of the city and beyond, a view that has not been available in New York since the Twin Towers fell.

Port Authority Director, Patrick Foye would not disclose the admission price but he did say it will be on par with other major attractions in and around the city.

Legends Hospitality is owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys sports franchises. Speaking on behalf of the organisation Dave Checketts said: “We intend to bring the same passion for performance (that we bring to our sports teams) to yet another iconic property and believe we have developed an experience second to none that appropriately befits all that One World Trade Center stands for.”

At 1,776ft tall, One World Trade will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

Key Facts

Status Under construction
Value 0(m€)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

More projects by this architect

One Bangkok

Beijing Greenland Center

Kuwait University Admin Facilities

One World Trade Center

Polestar Tower

More Projects

Reinventing Cities

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site