One World Trade Center observation deck unveiled

The new observation deck at One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was unveiled to the media yesterday.

Known as One World Observatory, the three-level attraction is set to open to the public in 2015.

Situated on the 100-102 floors, a trip to the viewing deck takes 60 seconds in a high-speed elevator.

In addition to the stunning 360 degree view over lower Manhattan, unparalleled since the fall of the Twin Towers, the observation deck will contain fine dining and a gift shop.

The tour was fronted by David Checketts, Chairman of and CEO of Legends Hospitality, which won the license to operate the deck along with officials of the Port Authority New York and New Jersey and the Durst Organisation.

Checketts described the tower as “the most significant destination in the world.”

One World Trade will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 541m tall.