The Space Needle in Seattle, WA opened during the 1962 World’s Fair. The 605-foot tall landmark is about to undergo its third renovation in 55 years, and this time the plans call for an interior that will render the icon nearly unrecognizable to those who may have visited in the past.
Visitors to the Space Needle over the past several years have described the interior of the landmark as a bit outdated, according to some surveys. The new plans for renovation aim to change that. Close to 176 tons of glass will be used to replace the needle’s old wire supports, providing pristine views of Seattle. Most of that glass, though, will go toward the renovation’s most extreme task: the restaurant and observation deck.
At $100 million, this renovation is the largest investment in the Space Needle since it was originally built. Restaurant SkyCity is getting new glass windows, which will continue to provide the eatery’s famed 360 view of Seattle, but it’s also getting an all glass floor, which will provide a 500-foot high view of center city below. Plans also call for the tables and chairs in the restaurant to be constructed of transparent glass. Needless to say, if you’re afraid of heights this particular dining experience may be a challenge for you. The restaurant is set to open next may, and when that happens SkyCity will be the first rotating glass floor restaurant on the planet.
Above the restaurant is the observation deck, and it’s also getting a facelift. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels will replace the current wire safety cage, providing for a far more “free” viewing experience. The panels will lean outward, giving visitors the opportunity to lean back as they take in the views of the city. Construction on the observation deck will be done in sections so that guests will have the opportunity to keep visiting throughout the renovation.
The project is expected to take years to complete, but hopes are high that at least the restaurant and observation deck will be open by next summer. What’s more, the renovation is striving to achieve a LEED Silver certification when complete.