Positioned atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory caps the new One World Trade Center building with a unique viewing experience for visitors and local residents alike. One World Observatory opened May 29, 2015.
The visitor experience begins with the Global Welcome Center below ground. An edge-blended, multi-projector display covers an entire curved wall at the far end of the entrance lobby. 7thSense Delta Media Servers feed two formats of projectors – six Panasonic PT-FW430 short-throw projectors and four Panasonic PT-DZ870 projectors with DLE030 folded mirror lenses.
Electrosonic was hired by producers The Hettema Group to furnish projection, video displays, program audio, background audio/paging, and show control for One World Observatory.
Upon their arrival at the observatory, visitors watch a two-minute video by Realisations in the See Forever Theater. Aerial and time-lapse footage combine with abstract textures and patterns to present the rhythms and pulse of life in New York City. The video is displayed on eight motorized panels covered with a stylized cityscape relief designed, manufactured and installed by LA Propoint. Twenty-eight Christie DWU600-G projectors and seven 7thSense Media Servers 3D map the video to the relief; the video image is programmed to follow the panels as they rise up at the conclusion to reveal the northern skyline of Manhattan.