Art 101 Assignment 10 Space Needle 11-29-17.docx

Louis and the arch both of which will be discussed

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Toronto and the CN Tower and St. Louis and the Arch, both of which will be discussed later. But when it comes to the city known as Seattle and the State of Washington for that matter, one of the most profound pieces of architecture you will find is the Space Needle. Like I did when I showed people those pictures when they saw the Space Needle they said that is Seattle. When you look at the Space Needle the first thing you notice is how tall it is. The Space Needle has a circular
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ground level that is the entrance to the Tower. This level has a gift shop and is where you can start your journey to the top by waiting in line for an elevator. Standing on the outside you will see the middle of the Space Needle has one long shaft that goes top to bottom, that the elevators are on the outside of this shaft and lifting people to the upper parts of the Space Needle. There are also 3 support trusses on the outside of the shaft that are equidistant apart. These are a different color than the dark brown shaft they are very light colored and hide the shaft mostly. They provide support and my guess is allowing the building to sway but not sway too much. About 1/5 of the way up you will notice that there is a structure that is wrapped around the shaft of the building and looks to be held up by the support columns. This part of the Space Needle is not too tall and is home to a banquet area that can be rented out for parties or weddings and has a kitchen in it. This is a fairly new addition to the Space Needle and was not there originally is 1962. As we work out way up towards the top the next part is what the architect called the flying saucer, as we learned earlier the Space Needle was to look like a flying saucer. It is separated into two parts with a ring that resembles the rings of Saturn around the middle of it. Below the ring that spans the outside is enclosed in glass and is the home of the restaurant that is in the top of the Space Needle. Above the ring is an open area that the people who paid for a journey to the top can go out into the elements and get a 360-degree view of the City of Seattle as well as the Puget Sound. The area has had to go through some safety renovations over the years because to keep people who are in despair and choose to end their lives by jumping off of the Space Needle which has been done several times. Above the two-story observation deck is a third story that is much smaller but leads to the roof access of the building which reminds me of a cauldron with a flag pole in the middle. Usually it is an American flag but today it is the Seahawks 12 th Man flag because it’s game day. This Building has changed tourism in Seattle forever. Most tourists that
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come to this city make a point to go to the Space Needle and ride the elevator up to the top.
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  • Fall '17
  • Amanda G. Chao
  • St. Louis, Missouri, Eero Saarinen, CN Tower, Gateway Arch, Space Needle

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