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Seattle’s Space Needle is the go-to destination in the city for checking out the scenery… but the views from the top are about to get an extra dose of crazy. The monument is now under renovation to improve and better preserve the architectural gem, but plans for an updated restaurant and re-imagined observation deck above it were recently unveiled. The new vision features glass. Lots of glass. I’m talking full-length windows, glass floors, even glass benches. If you’re afraid of heights, the Space Needle will soon be your nightmare.

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The bottom level of the new facility at the top of the Needle will be the rotating glass-floor restaurant. Picture it: floor to ceiling windows all around, along with the glass bottom, and you get the 360-degree experience from 500 feet up as the restaurant slowly rotates. The floor is designed to be walkable and support large crowds and fixtures (like a grand piano, hint hint). It’ll be the first of its kind installed in a building open to visitors.

 

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The upper level will house the observation deck. That will feature more floor-to-ceiling windows, and will even include glass benches. That way, nothing will obstruct views, and it’ll make even the experience of sitting down and catching your breath a bit more breathtaking. The whole thing sounds pretty extraordinary and is a fitting update to the monument originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, put on to show off how innovative the US was in the midst of the Cold War and the Space Race.

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