Seattle at 500 Feet

Megan Spataro, Staff Writer

The Seattle Space Needle recently finished remodeling its sky tower floor, which is now completely made of glass, and installed new glass walls on the outside lookout area. Before the remodel, the area was used for a rotating restaurant, allowing you to sit and enjoy a 360-degree view and have a relaxing meal at the same time. The outside lookout did allow the sights and sounds of Seattle to be experienced, but the view had a wire barrier, ensuring safety but also making it hard to take clear photos in the process.

The new glass floor The new glass floor allows visitors to see the inner workings of the building as well as buildings all around Seattle from a bird’s eye view, like the MoPop and Seattle Center. The glass floor also offers a new perspective on Seattle on the first and only rotating glass floor in the world. I personally do not love heights but even despite that, I felt very safe on the glass floor which was designed to be as strong as reinforced concrete. There are ten structural layers, making it very safe to stand, sit, lay down, or even jump on the revolving glass floor.

The new layout seems to have been built for selfies and photoshoots as they even have a camera attached high enough up so you can get a nice view and capture your friends and family. All you have to do is scan your ticket you received from entering the Space Needle, take the picture using the built-in camera, and then the picture should be sent to your phone instantly. The built-in camera is the best of both worlds, capturing a stunning view and also removing the need to use a selfie stick or ask some random stranger to take a picture of you and your friends.

The outside lookout platform was my favorite area, making it seem like I was floating above the city. The walls are glass, the floors are glass and even the benches are glass. The simplicity of the structures removes any distractions from the view and naturally draws your eyes to the beautiful Seattle skyline and harbor.