Seattle’s Space Needle to get its biggest renovation ever (video)

Floor-to-ceiling glass will reveal new views and offer visitors a fresh look at Seattle’s iconic tower.

This renovation will update the structure’s physical systems and elevate the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view.

Privately funded, the ambitious project will heighten the Observation Deck experience with floor-to-ceiling glass on the interior and exterior to further open up the uninhibited 360° views of the Puget Sound.

The restaurant level will be re-imagined with a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor revealing downward views of the structure never seen before. – Space Needle News

The entire renovation will probably take years, but the revamped restaurant and observation deck are expected to be completed by summer this year. The more-than-$100-million renovation will be funded entirely by the Wright family, which owns the Needle.

The project will also be the largest investment made in the structure since it was built — in part by the Wrights — for $4.5 million, or $36.7 million in today’s dollars. – Seattle Times

History & Specs

The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.

Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude, as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It also has 25 lightning rods.

It has an observation deck at 520 ft (160 m) and the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft (150 m). The downtown Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands can be viewed from the top of the Needle. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle prominently, above skyscrapers and Mount Rainier.

video source – Olson Kundig and Brooklyn Digital Foundry


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