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NYC’s Skyline Gets More Surreal With All-Around Mirror Room 1,000 Feet Up
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Oct 2021
Image via Summit One Vanderbilt
There’s more to explore from the Big Apple than its, well, core. Up above, the city has introduced an array of breathtaking attractions, including an observation ride atop the Rockefeller Center and an all-glass elevator at the new Summit One Vanderbilt.
Speaking of which, the 59-story skyscraper, which will open to the public on October 21, is now home to a fully mirrored room it dubs “the world’s most immersive observatory.” Designed by Kenzo Digital, the Transcendence 1 room will serve as the highlight for the artist’s growing Air experience in the building.
After taking a 42-second ride via a mirrored and illuminated elevator to the 91st story, 1,000 feet up, guests will find themselves surrounded by reflections of the New York City skyline captured by the immersive Transcendence 1, with the Transcendence 2 room directly above stretching this dream of endlessness.
“One of the things that makes Air so novel and compelling is that we use space in a totally different way… as a real storytelling canvas” Kenzo told Travel + Leisure. “Every time you turn a corner, the story continually evolves… It’s a fully transformative experience meant to be very primal and reconnect to your sensorial world.”
The New York-based artist also likened the kaleidoscopic space to “a Central Park in the sky,” and considers it to be a “way of giving back to the city.”
Following Transcendence, visitors can expect to watch how the multisensory Air experience unfolds with Kenzo’s upcoming Affinity room and other immersive, yet-to-be-announced installations.
[via Travel + Leisure, images via Summit One Vanderbilt]
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