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A First Glance at the Observation Deck of One World Trade Center

April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

Some renderings are all that exist of the Observatory levels right now

It's already being billed as "the most significant destination in the world," and yet it's still very much a hard-hat construction zone. We're talking about One World Trade Center, the 104-story skyscraper being built in the space once was home to the Twin Towers, and which isn't due to be completed until late 2014.

Plans for the 100-102nd floor Observatory levels were released on March 20, but the opening date won't arrive until 2015. It will sit a few stories lower than the Windows on the World visitor areas of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, which fell during the 9/11 attacks.

Despite the tragic history of the site, the plan is a thrilling one. Structured a bit like a feature ride at an amusement park, the "One World Observatory" (no relation to the Oneworld airline alliance) will rocket tourists to the 102nd floor, as they watch a video on the story and construction of the building. From there, the elevator will open to impressive views of Manhattan and the surrounding New York and New Jersey area.

Ticket prices haven't yet been announced, but we do know for sure that the Observatory levels will be chockablock with interactive displays, a theater, and—of course—a gift shop.

[Renderings: The Port Authority of NY & NJ]

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