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The Century Project at the Space Needle

Seattle, Washington

The Century Project at the Space Needle

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Alan Maskin

Led by Design Principal Alan Maskin, the Century Project is a renovation of the Space Needle focused on enhancing the visitor experience for the next 50 years. Providing a new sense of transparency, the redesign hearkens back to the Space Needle’s original guiding principle: providing unparalleled views.

On the Observation Level, new seamless floor-to-ceiling glass walls, structural glass barriers, and integral glass benches allow visitors to lean into the city below them. Inside, the new Oculus Stair connects all three top levels with a glass-floored oculus at its base. At the 500-foot level, The Loupe is now the world’s first and only revolving glass floor.

The new design allows visitors to observe the city of Seattle below – as it was always intended to do – and to see the engineering ingenuity of the original structure in new ways. Necessary mechanical, building envelope and structural updates, including seismic retrofitting and accessibility improvements, help preserve the Space Needle’s legacy for the next 50 years of visitors. The project is certified LEED® Gold for Commercial Interiors.

The new design allows visitors to witness the constantly changing city of Seattle below them – as the Space Needle was always intended to do – and see the engineering brilliance of the structure in new ways. Alan Maskin


Photographer: Eirik Johnson
Photo: The Space Needle
Photo: The Space Needle
Photo: The Space Needle
Photo: The Space Needle
Photo: The Space Needle
Photo: The Space Needle



AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards, Merit Award

Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Renovation

Engineering News-Record National Best of the Best Project Awards, Renovation/Restoration Best Project

Engineering News-Record Northwest, Renovation/Restoration Best Project

Interior Design Best of Year Award Winner, Entertainment Category


Seattle 2030 District Vision Awards, Leadership Award


AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honorable Mention



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