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February 7, 2001

Project of the Month: Callison stitches a new base onto Space Needle

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Rain and cold don’t count like they did last winter at the Space Needle. Crowds have always been sparse in the wet season, but there are still lines for the elevators that whisk up and down all day to the observation deck and restaurant in the saucer above. And now, the ride really starts well before the elevator doors close. Today's visitor feels more like a guest and less like a tourist or carnival-goer, and the Space Needle has a new dignity befitting its status as Seattle’s best known landmark.

Space Needle
Photo by Above the Rest Aerial Photography
Callison Architects' design of the $20 million, 9,000-square-foot base of the Space Needle can accommodate up to 750 people as it winds up to the elevators' entrances.

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