Stunning “Infinity Room” Building With Glass Elevators Lets Visitors Feel Like They’re Levitating in NYC

Transcendence Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Transcendence, a chapter of AIR

The recently opened SUMMIT One Vanderbilt provides New Yorkers and tourists with multiple levels of fantastical views and immersive digital installations—all elevated with 25,000 square feet of mirrored surfaces. Kenzo Digital’s Air is a permanent installation in the space that includes outdoor elevators that transport visitors to the highest elevation of the tower, a Snøhetta-designed lounge, and more.

This seemingly vertigo-inducing experience is unlike any other in the city. “The story is about you as the protagonist, your relationship to nature, your relationship to New York City, and more importantly, your relationship to yourself,” says Kenzo Digital. “It’s a very contemplative and surreal experience. It’s a kind of nature experience that is translated in New York City.”

Transcendence Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Transcendence, a chapter of AIR

With the careful placement of mirrors, the skyline is transformed into a surreal experience. Edges of the space feel less defined as visitors are made to feel as if they are floating above New York. By doing this, the designers also reimagine the act of observation. Visitors are not only looking outward, but all around them at the space they are inhabiting. Other tourists also become part of the experience, transforming a visitor’s role from observer to participant.

The space also includes boxed glass ledges, allowing people to experience the air from a gravity-defying elevation. The boxes, which feel physically detached from the façade of the building, reinforce the idea of levitation. If the views here are not enough, visitors can experience the highest elevation of One Vanderbilt and the most dramatic perspective of New York City with Ascent—a glass elevator that transports them up the side of the building. When they arrive to their destination, they will be at the highest view of midtown.

For more information and to plan your trip, visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s website. Keep scrolling for a sneak peek at what the designers have in store for your visit.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt provides surreal views of New York City.

Transcendence Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Transcendence, a chapter of AIR

AIR Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
Transcendence Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Transcendence, a chapter of AIR

Transcendence Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Transcendence at Night, a chapter of AIR

Affinity Chapter of AIR, Immersive Experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Affinity at Night, a chapter of AIR

Ascent at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ascent, an all-glass elevator journey.

Kenzo Digital: Website | Instagram
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn
Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF): Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Vimeo | LinkedIn
Snøhetta: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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