Lonely Planet Writer

Seattle's Space Needle is getting a rotating, glass-bottomed restaurant

You will need to have a head for heights to keep your lunch down if you plan to dine at the Space Needle in Seattle. New plans have revealed that it will have a glass-bottomed restaurant that rotates, and the observation deck above it will have a glass viewing platform.

The Century Project restaurant rendering. Image: MIR

The Space Needle is an observation tower that was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair. Olson Kundig architects is overseeing the $100m renovations to the city’s most famous architectural icon, led by architect Alan Maskin. The restaurant and observation deck renovations form part of the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon. Plans were announced earlier this year and construction has now begun.

The Century Project rendering: Image: Olson Kundig

The restaurant’s dining experience will take place approximately 500 feet in the air, high above the surrounding city skyline. It will be re-imagined with a rotating glass floor unveiling downward views of the structure never seen before. The rotating walkable glass floor is the first to be installed in a building that is open to visitors. It is designed to safely support large crowds as well as fixtures like a grand piano.

The Century Project observation and restaurant level rendering. Image: Olson Kundig

The ambitious project will heighten the Observation Deck experience with floor-to-ceiling glass on the interior and exterior. Brave visitors can walk out to the viewing platform with glass benches to enjoy 360-degree views of the Seattle skyline, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and surrounding islands.

The Century Project observation deck rendering. Image: MIR

While the outside of the building will remain largely unchanged, the inside will enjoy major technological upgrades and design modifications. To keep up with the progress, check out Space Needle’s website here.