Seattle’s Space Needle Is Getting Glass Floors Made for Thrill-Seeking Diners

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

The Seattle Space Needle is getting a makeover. For thrill seekers who don't have a fear of heights, the redesign will make this iconic tower a must-visit on any traveler's list. Olson Kundig Architects are slated to oversee the design modifications, which include the installation of a thrilling glass floor. Starting in summer 2018, diners to the Space Needle’s restaurant will be able to gaze upon a stunning horizon line while observing 500 feet below—all as the floor makes incremental rotations.

Olson Kundig has released renderings that show their eventual plans for the space. Improvements include an overall modernization of the interior while still preserving the existing design. Inside of the restaurant, thick glass slabs will cover the entire floor to make an experience like none other. Regardless of what diners order, their adrenaline is sure to be pumping.

The restaurant isn't the only thing to get an upgrade. One floor above, a viewing platform will be available for brave souls to enjoy the scenery. While it won't have a glass floor, onlookers can peer over the edge as they sit along the glass benches that line the wall.

The construction follows the installation of a 44,650-square-foot scaffolding platform that was raised 400 feet in the air. It now sits at the base of the Space Needle’s Tophouse, where 25 construction workers will make the $100 million improvements over the next year.

The Seattle Space Needle is getting a renovation that's not for the faint of heart.

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

Starting in summer 2018, diners can enjoy their food with a glass floor view.

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

Above the restaurant, there will also be an observation tower with glass walls and benches.

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

Thrill seekers, put this on your to-visit list!

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

Seattle Space Needle Glass Floor

To start the construction, crews lifted a 44,650-square-foot scaffolding platform up 400 feet. Watch it here:

Olson Kundig Architects: Website
h/t: [designboom]

All images via Olson Kundig Architects.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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