• Observation Deck (Hudson Yards)
    © Michael Young

30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck 'Edge'

New York City, NY, USA, 2019

The observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards, also known as 'Edge', is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. The triangular structure cantilevers 80 ft from the face of the 30 Hudson Yards high-rise (also called Tower A or North Tower), the highest building of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project.
The perimeter of the deck is formed by a 9 ft tall, sloping glass windscreen, allowing for a panoramic view of New York City. Indoor and outdoor floors are partially made of glass and offer the chance to look directly down 100 stories to the streets below.
Due to the plan to modularize the structure, schlaich bergermann partner designed 20 separate free-standing modules to be shipped from Italy and connected at 1,100 ft above ground. The mild steel modules are clad in stainless steel, with aluminum reinforcement. All connections were designed for high adjustability in the workshop and on site – with a limitation to a maximum 3 mm of deviation between modules, due to the demands of the façade maintenance system and the need for visually flat planes in the cladding. The infill modules between the main modules were designed to avoid any cladding clashes during installation.
Integrated stainless steel connections at the main corners of the glass windscreen avoid a clash of the glass panels during wind loads. The windscreen is designed to withstand 4.7 kPa winds, while considering the redundancy event of one glass layer being broken. Four identical glass panels make up the terrace glass floor for ease of replacement. Three independently supported, but connected glass panels make up the "Hull Window" - this is another glass floor and large window combination inside the observation deck.

  • Location

    New York City, NY, USA

  • Architect

    Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York City

  • Cooperation

    Thornton Tomasetti (building structure)

  • Awards

    2019 CTBUH Awards: Facade Engineering Award 2019 Award of Excellence: 30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck ' Edge', New York City, NY, USA

  • Client

    Related Companies, L.P., New York City

  • Contractor

    Tishman; Sedak, Cimolai, C&S Walls (fabricators)

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design

  • Height 1,100 ft (335 m) above the sidewalk
  • Stainless steel cladding 7,534 sq ft (700 m²) surface area
  • Glass windscreen height 9 ft (3 m),
    79 sloped panels
  • Cantilever 80 ft (24 m)
  • Secondary structure aprox. 60 t steel
  • Glass area 4,036 sq ft (375 m²) total,
    windscreen 3,659 sq ft (340 m²),
    terrace glass floor 215 sq ft (20 m²),
    "hull window" 161 sq ft (15 m²),
    approx. 45 t total
  • 30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • 30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • 30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck © sbp/Stephan Hollinger
  • 30 Hudson Yards - Observation Deck 'Edge' © sbp/Eoin Casserly

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