Designed and managed by Legends, the award-winning firm behind One World Observatory at the World Trade Center in New York City, and OUE Skyspace in Los Angeles, the Observation Deck at CEB Tower, on the 31st floor, is a 12,000 square foot space, with floor to ceiling glass on all four sides, allowing really remarkable views of the entire DC Metropolitan area. I mean, it's at the top of the tallest building inside the Beltway so go figure.
Thankfully they've held to a minimalist aesthetic with gray polished concrete floors, lots of open space, and a navy blue, geometric, faceted ceiling. To add warmth (and seating) there's a bentwood bench that undulates and wraps around the central support core of the building.
And the views are, like, whoa.
For those (like me!) who aren't afraid of heights, there is an outdoor terrace on the south-facing side of the building, with views of both landing and approach vectors for National Airport.
I've got in my possession right now a Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 lens from another project I'm working on, which allowed me to have some fun abstracting building patterns and playing with their geometry and alignments. If you're a photographer and you visit make sure to bring a telephoto lens with you, just be aware that tripods will not be allowed once normal operations begin.
The Observation Deck at CEB Tower opens to the public on June 21.
Tickets can be purchased online and are priced as follows:
Youth (ages 5-13): $11
Children (under 5): $0
Senior (age 65+): $16
Military & Student (with valid ID): $16