Space Lift for 55 year-old Space Needle
Posted October 22nd 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Renovation of the 605-foot-tall 1962 built Space Needle features technology and products simply not available at the time of construction. Walls, barriers – even floors – have been removed and replaced with structural glass revealing a visceral experience the visionary designers of the Space Needle could only dream of.
The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and features several “firsts,” thanks to a $100 million private investment. A cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, now unifies the upper and lower levels. With 196% more glass than before (including the use of ten different varieties), designers have created an immersive adventure opening up the awe-inspiring beauty of the Puget Sound region.
Perhaps the most dramatic “first” is The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and lifts. The new Atmos Wine Bar at the 500-foot level has regional wine selections and the opportunity to relax and take in Seattle sunsets.
A little higher up, at the 520-foot level, guests step off Space Needle lifts to be greeted by wide-open, completely unobstructed views. The indoor observation area has expanded views with glass doors and floor-to-ceiling seamless glass panels delivering unobstructed views of the Pacific Northwest’s beauty. The new Atmos Café provides light bites and refreshment while the accessible glass doors lead you out to the re-vamped outer Observation Deck where giant; 11 by 7 feet glass panels offer a completely open – and thrilling – view.
The open-air glass panels of the outer Observation Deck dip out at a slight 14-degree angle and replace previous “wire” caging and partial walls. With no walls and no seams or “mullions” between each glass panel, and nothing but open sky above, uninhibited views are guaranteed. Positioned along alternating glass panels around the outer Observation Deck, there are 24 ‘Skyrisers’ – innovative, inclined glass benches – that allow you to sit up, slide back and experience an intense feeling of floating above the city — it’s the ultimate Seattle “selfie” moment.
While the Space Needle appears materially unchanged from the outside, the guest experience has changed forever.