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The Century Project for the Space Needle

Seattle, Washington

The Century Project for 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 targeting LEED® Gold for Commercial Interiors certification.

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

Team

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

Publications

2018

Baskas, Harriet. “Seattle Space Needle Makeover Included Selfie-Friendly Glass Benches.” USA Today, 24 May 2018. Web.

Bennes, Crystal. “A Point Worth Making.” ICON, May 2018, 124-135. Print.

Block, Annie. “Olson Kundig Sharpens Seattle’s Space Needle.” Interior Design, 23 Oct. 2018. Web.

“Case Study: Seattle Space Needle’s Renovated Observation Decks Achieve High Thermal Performance With Technoform Spacers.” Publicnow. 3 De. 2018. Web.

Ciummo, Brenna. “Emerald City: An Inside Look At Seattle’s Revamped Space Needle.” Clipper Vacations Magazine, 12 Sept. 2018. Web.

Elliott, Gwendolyn. “Glass Castle: Inside the Epic Space Needle Remodel.” Seattle Magazine, 25 May 2018. Web.

Elliott, Gwendolyn. “Glass Castle.” Seattle Magazine, June 2018, 23, 26. Print.

Enlow, Clair. “Hilarious overabundance of good work greets AIA awards jury; 13 projects win.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 7 Nov. 2018, 1, 3, 8. Print.

Fazzare, Elizabeth. “The Seattle Space Needle’s Renovation by Olson Kundig Is Unveiled.” Architectural Digest, 8 Oct. 2018. Web.

Gallaher, Rachel. “21st-Century Token.” Gray Magazine, Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019, 46-51. Print.

Gallaher, Rachel. “Destination: Seattle.” Surface, 13 April 2018. Web.

Gallaher, Rachel. “Seattle.” Surface, Mar./April 2018, 84-93. Print.

Gragg, Randy. “A Space Needle Odyssey.” Architectural Record, Sept. 2018, 46-48, 55. Print.

Hansen, Kristine. “Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle Prepares to Unveil a $100 Million Renovation.” Architectural Digest, 16 May 2018. Web.

“Inside Seattle’s Space Needle After Its $100 Million Makeover.” CBS News Online, 24 May 2018. Web.

Keane, Katharine. “Reimagined Space Needle Debuts Revolving Glass Floor by Olson Kundig.” ARCHITECT, 7 Aug. 2018. Web.

Lee, Jessica. “It’s A Wrap!: Crews Reveal Space Needle’s New-and-Improved Observation Deck.” The Seattle Times, 17 May 2018. Web.

Loos, Ted. “Facts & Stat: Space Needle.” The Wall Street Journal Magazine, May 2018, 36. Print.

Loos, Ted. “What’s News: May 2018.” The Wall Street Journal, 23 Apr. 2018. Web.

Pacheco, Antonio. “Olson Kundig’s Space Needle renovations yield pristine 360-degree views 500 feet up.” The Architect’s Newspaper, 5 Nov. 2018. Web.

Riddle, Eric. “The Space Needle: Remaking an Icon.” KING 5, 5 Oct. 2018. Web.

Sanders, Helen. “Pushing the Envelope on Glass Design: Space Needle Renovation.” US Glass Magazine, 7 Dec. 2018. Web. 

Scott, Alec. “Even an icon needs a little work occasionally. Case in point: Seattle’s Space Needle. It’s never looked better.” Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2018. Web.

Scott, Alec. “Sky-high in Seattle.” Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2018, L6. Print.

“Seattle’s Space Needle Gets $100 Million-Plus Makeover.” MSN Money, 24 May 2018. Web.

“Seattle’s Space Needle Gets Upgraded.” CBS News Online, 28 May 2018. Web.

“Sharpening the needle.” Interior Design, Oct. 2018, 34. Print.

Shook, Lindsey. “The Emerald City.” California Home & Design, 1 Oct. 2018, 100, 102. Print.

“Space Needle.” The Jet Set, 18 Oct. 2018. Web.

“Top of the Glass.” The Architect’s Newspaper, Oct./Nov. 2018, 10. Print.

Trejos, Nancy. “Where will U.S. travelers explore in 2019? Top trends, destinations and anniversaries.” Observer & Eccentric Newspapers – Online, 28 Dec. 2018. Web.

Trevino, Julissa. “Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle Unveils New Look After $100 Million Renovation.” Smithsonian.com, 24 May 2018. Web.

Waite, Andrew. “The Space Needle’s New Look.” Alaska Beyond Magazine, May 2018, S21. Print.

“What’s News: May 2018.” The Wall Street Journal, 23 April 2018. Web.

2017

Berger, Knute. “Space Needle Renovation Plans Embrace Future and Past.” Seattle Magazine, 15 June 2017. Web.

Budds, Diana. “A $100 Million Renovation Reveals The Space Needle’s Lost Design.” FastCo Design, 6 July 2017. Web.

Foxe, Ken. “Seattle’s iconic Space Needle set for a $100 million revamp with vertigo-inducing glass floors.” Lonely Planet, 30 June 2017. Web.

Greenstone, Scott. “Space Needle to get its biggest renovation ever: glass floor, opened views more elevators.” The Seattle Times, 12 June 2017. Web.

Hallinan, Bridget. “Seattle’s Space Needle is Getting a Glass-Floored Dining Room.” Conde Nast Traveler, 11 Oct. 2017. Web.

Hojnicki, Carrie. “The Seattle Space Needle is Getting a Face-Lift from Olson Kundig.” Architectural Digest, 19 June 2017. Web.

Leasca, Stacey. “Seattle’s Space Needle Is Getting a New Look.” Smithsonian.com, 27 June 2017. Web.

Leasca, Stacey. “Seattle’s Space Needle Is Getting a New Look.” Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2017. Web.

“Olson Kundig set to overhaul Seattle Space Needle.” Dezeen, 19 June 2017. Web.

“Olson Kundig to Renovate Seattle Space Needle.” Architectural Record, July 2017, 35. Print.

Popera, Ashleigh. “Space Needle’s Renovation Project Begins.” ARCHITECT, 2 Oct. 2017. Web.

“Seattle’s Space Needle is getting its biggest facelift ever- check out the renderings here.” Fast Company, 14 June 2017. Web.

“Seattle’s Space Needle to Undergo $100 Million Minimalist Renovation by Olson Kundig.” US Weekly, 15 June 2017. Web.

Woodward, Benjamin. “Before-and-after images of the Space Needle illustrate its upcoming transformation.” The Seattle Times, 13 June 2017. Web.

Young, Bob. “Circular scaffolding goes up on Space Needle in preparation for makeover.” The Seattle Times, 16 Sept. 2017. Web.