Panoramic views: Edge at Hudson Yards, New York

Kohn Pedersen Fox,

Related Oxford,

New York, USA,

Free Time,


Edge, a cantilevered observation deck jutting out from the 100th floor of the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)-designed 30 Hudson Yards supertall, opened to the public last week at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, only to close two days later to aid in the containment of the coronavirus.

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Panoramic views: Edge at Hudson Yards, New York Schools, universities, museums, art galleries, events are being closed and cancelled all over the world to try to keep the coronavirus at bay. A brand new attraction in New York has also fallen victim to these temporary restrictions but we still want to share it with our readers who can enjoy some awesome photos of the panoramic observation deck called Edge until it opens to the public again.
Edge is the newest observation deck in Manhattan, floating from the 395-metre-high 30 Hudson Yards building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The tower - classed as a supertall - is part of a major property development project on Manhattan’s West Side. Here, a brand new neighbourhood is being created, with residential and office buildings, a shopping mall, restaurants and a hotel. It’s called Hudson Yards and is also home to The Vessel the iconic architecture by Thomas Heatherwick.
With the pay-off, THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT. IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING, Edge is an invitation to explore the New York City skyline, from the tip of Central Park down to the Statue of Liberty. 
Edge is the new kid on the block, competing with several other observation decks in the Big Apple – the One World Observatory that opened five years ago at the One World Trade Center; "Top of the Rock", the three-level deck which opened in 2005 on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of the Rockefeller Center; and of course, the Empire State Building – but it stands out from the others because it’s more than just an interior space with lots of glass, it’s a real outdoor deck providing jaw-dropping views of Manhattan from a height of 345 metres, making it the tallest outdoor observation deck in the western hemisphere. The triangular, 700-square-metre viewing deck protrudes 24 metres out of the supertall and is encased in 79 frameless angled glass panels installed with a 6.6-degree outward tilt. Where only the bravest shall dare! Outdoor bleachers that double as stairs take you up higher and you can even look down through glass panel flooring in a 20-square-metre section of the viewing platform if you dare: you’ll be rewarded by the eye-popping view of the neighbourhood below.
In addition to the observation deck on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, you can also enjoy a spacious indoor viewing area, gift shop, multimedia experience that documents the construction of Hudson Yards for the developer Related Oxford, and a champagne bar to sum up some courage before stepping outside. One floor up, on the 101st floor, is a restaurant and event space named Peak. The interiors of Edge and Peak were designed by Rockwell Group.
Now, we can only wait in hope that things will get back to normal soon so we can go and visit NYC’s brand-new star attraction!

Christiane Bürklein

Project: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Interior: Rockwell Group
Location: New York, USA
Year: 2020
Images: courtesy of Related Oxford
Find out more: https://www.edgenyc.com/


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