The Space Needle is a beloved Seattle icon and one of the world’s most recognizable structures. The futuristic design of the tower was motivated by the idea that the fair needed a structure to embody humanity’s Space Age goals. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Century 21 Exposition, whose theme was “The Age of Space.”
The landmark has continued to reflect Seattle‘s inventive and forward-thinking culture since its grand opening on April 21, 1962. The Space Needle, which stands at 605 feet tall (184 m) and is one of the most photographed monuments in the world, is located at Seattle Center.
To improve the visitor experience, the Space Needle has embarked on a multi-year project to preserve and renovate the 57-year-old landmark. The first phase of the makeover, which was finished in late summer 2018, comprises a multi-level outdoor observation deck with open-air glass walls and Skyriser glass benches, as well as magnificent, multi-level, floor-to-ceiling glass viewing experiences.
The Oculus, a majestic wood, steel, and glass staircase connecting the top and lower levels, leads to The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor. The new glass floor experience provided a never-before-seen downward vista of the structure and its surroundings, effectively putting Seattle at your feet.