Thursday, August 21, 2008

Society for Architectural Insignificance: The Space Needle

I am starting a new feature on my blog, the Society for Architectural Insignificance. I will feature insignificant eyesores, public boondoggles and other annoying architecture. To start this series, I will focus on a structure that I am very passionate about, the Seattle Space Needle.

Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle rocketed on to the world architectural scene at a dizzying height of 605 feet. This pales in comparison to the free standing tour-de-force, the Eiffel Tower, which stands 1,063 feet, built in 1889.

The Needle's short stature combined with it's "The Future is Now" design make me question why it is arguably the most recognizable feature of Seattle.

The Seattle Space Needle is Insignificant Because:

  • It is an eyesore standing slightly taller than half the height of a French structure that was built 73 years earlier
  • The Needle's marketing crew created this retro-futuristic logo:

  • It has a rotating restaurant (It used to have TWO rotating restaurants)

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

This is going to be a great series. I hope you'll consider highlighting the work of Frank Gehry, who is responsible for this redevelopment project in America's Finest City:
One Gehry novelty building/gentrification gimmick in downtown LA is enough, more than that and it's just redundant.