Seattle’s landmark Space Needle is set to undergo a $100m renovation featuring the latest in cutting-edge glass technology. The work is slated to start this autumn.
The 605-foot-tall observation tower first opened in 1962 for the World’s Fair and has since become a city icon, recognised the world over.
As part of the revamp, dubbed the Century Project, the outer cage surrounding the Observation Deck will be replaced with high-tech glass structural barriers. Angled outwards, they are designed to allow visitors uninterrupted panoramic views of Seattle. Glass benches will also be placed at intervals around the deck.
The Space Needle project is being carried out in partnership with design firm, Olson Kundig.
The restaurant is also being upgraded with floor-to-ceiling glass replacing the low-level exterior walls. An open steel, wood and glass circular staircase will connect the restaurant to the Observation Deck. At the foot of the staircase will be a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor giving guests a birds-eye-view of the workings of the tower.
Although the renovations will not be visible from a distance, inevitably, there will be some disruption during the project. Both the SkyCity Restaurant and SkyLine event space will be closed while the work is carried out.
World renowned designer, Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design, has been contracted to create the new restaurant and lounge concept.
“This reinvestment ensures the long-term viability of the Space Needle,” reports CEO Ron Sevart. “We have a commitment to our team members, our guests, and to the community to preserve the Space Needle as a civic and cultural icon for future generations. This translates directly into long-term job security for our Team Members and positive economic impact to the Seattle Center as well as the greater Seattle area.”
“I believe we’ll look back at this as a pivotal moment in the history of the Space Needle,” adds Jeff Wright, Chairman, Space Needle LLC. “This project both connects us back to our roots, to the vision that my father and his partners had when they built the Space Needle in 1962, and guides us forward into the future for generations to enjoy.”
Image courtesy Space Needle/Olson Kundig