Afraid of heights? You may want to avoid Seattle’s Space Needle now that have updated their Observation Deck. The $100 Million refit to the iconic landmark included what it reports as the world’s only revolving glass floor. Considering the cost in the installation of a revolving clear reinforced glass observation deck, we can’t imagine we will be adding this to our carpet and flooring products any time soon!
This clear glass panoramic floor allows visitors to stand (albeit terrified) 500 foot above the city of Seattle and gaze onto the streets and traffic below. For the safety concerned, the Space Needle states that their new clear glass flooring is “designed like reinforced concrete” and will not shatter when stepped on. Indeed, “each section was custom-designed with multiple redundant layers of structural glass fused together with a high-strength interlayer giving the glass composite a strength capacity up to five times the design loads used for code requirements.”
Read more about the glass flooring in the space needle below…
As for turning the 37-ton glass floor, 12 motors power 48 rollers located beneath the platform, allowing for a smooth glide that turns it once every 20 minutes at its fastest speed or once every 90 minutes at its slowest.
The glass floor on the lower observation deck and the 11-feet-high floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper deck use a total of 20,000 square feet of glass that help to open up more views of the Emerald City and beyond, while also offering visitors a unique view of the Space Needle’s stem down below.
If your stomach can handle the glass floor, you can also try other new features that have launched as part of the renovations. These include the glass Skyriser benches on the edge of the upper observation deck that lean outward and when you’re seated on them make it look as if you’re suspended in the air.
Built in 1962, the Space Needle rises 605 feet above the city and welcomes more than a million people from around the world every year.
The Space Needle is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and costs from $27.50 for adults and from $22.50 for children.
Author: Trevor Mogg
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