The Space Needle, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, is undergoing a 360-degree “spacelift” and the majority of renovations are now open to the public.
Privately funded, the 56-year-old tower’s $100 million renovation, Century Project, has elevated the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view with more than 176 tons of glass. The Space Needle’s safety caging has been removed and replaced with eleven-foot-tall, open-air glass panels and titled glass benches called Skyrisers.
With nothing but seamless glass between visitors’ panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest, guests can now sit back on the Skyrisers, and experience the intense feeling of floating above the Seattle skyline. The Space Needle’s renovation also includes the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, known as The Loupe, showcasing a never-before-seen downward view of Seattle’s iconic tower from 500 feet in the air.
The Loupe opened to the public August 3, 2018 with overall renovations completed in spring 2019.