Construction commenced this week on the super-high outdoor observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards, developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group announced Tuesday. Soon to be the highest in the Western Hemisphere, the outdoor deck will sit 1,100 feet in the sky and be found on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards. The deck, made up of 15 primary sections of steel and glass, will extend 65 feet away from the building. And a pair of new renderings released on the developer’s Instagram show just how dizzying this aerial adventure will be.
“When it opens, the Hudson Yards Observation Deck will serve as the new focal point for the west side skyline,” Jay Cross, president of Related, said in a statement. “Whether you’re interested in a cocktail, a celebratory dinner, or just want to see what the city looks like from 1,000 feet up in the sky, the Hudson Yards Observation Deck will offer a truly unique New York experience.”
Last year, the developers announced that London-based restaurant and catering company, rhubarb, will operate a 10,000-square-foot public space on the 92nd floor of 30 Hudson Yards. The company plans to also open a 5,800-square-foot restaurant on the fifth floor and an indoor-outdoor bar on the observation deck.
The observation deck, the fifth highest of its kind in the world, was fully assembled in Italy before being broken down in order to ship its sections via boat to New York. The 15 primary sections, made of steel and glass, will be bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the tower, according to the developer. The pieces of the “jigsaw puzzle in the sky” range in weight from 35,000 pounds to 102,000 pounds, with the deck weighing in at 765,000 pounds in total.
There will be an angled, nine-foot glass wall encircling the deck. The observation deck, as well as the dining and entertainment spots, will open in 2019. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), 30 Hudson Yards will be the second-tallest office building in New York, rising 90 stories. The supertall will be completed in 2019.