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Spawn of the Space Needle

- Machupicchu - Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 : goo

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There it is: 's very own . Take a good, long look. Constructed for the 1962 , it was finished in an astonishingly short 400 days (including all of the design work). When finished, it was the tallest building west of the River. It also had the second revolving restaurant ever built in the world. Given that the first one was in a Hawaii shopping mall that is now closed, that means the Space Needle currently houses the oldest continuously operating revolving restaurant in the world.

And all that is not to mention, of course, the Space Needle's magnificent design. Even people with zero interest in would be hard pressed to argue with the fact that this is a beautiful building. By far the most famous structure standing in Seattle today, in spite of it being the sixth (and soon to be seventh) tallest in the city, it has spawned countless imitations around the globe. People are often heard referring to imitation towers in other cities as that city's "Space Needle," even though all the other towers have names of their own. When it comes to observation towers, even though it's no longer the tallest observation tower around by any stretch of the imagination, it's the Space Needle that has the staying power in our cultural consciousness of iconic towers.

And rightly so: the design is simple, sleek, smooth, smart, futuristic, and uplifting. The same could be said of very few other structures. It's the definitive, indispensable icon of the Seattle skyline, far more so than even the far older (and once just as famous) . Even today it's almost astonishing that the building was erected in the early sixties. With its thin, tripod legs holding up a platform with a shape reminiscent of a flying saucer, it evokes both outer space and otherworldliness. Its mythic status among all skylines is well deserved.

The bulk of this entry is only indirectly about the Space Needle, however. What I intend to set out to do here is examine its many imitations, and basically, tell you why I think none of them hold a candle to our beloved white tower here in the Pacific Northwest. Including the Space Needle itself, what follows is a list of the twenty tallest observation towers in the world built since 1960, or as close as I could get to compiling such a list with true accuracy.

First I must define " tower". It is a self-supporting structure build either exclusively for the purpose of housing a highly elevated observation deck, or is known almost exclusively as such but also serves other functions, such as communications. If it is regarded as a communication tower, however, I have not included it -- which explains the exclusion of 's , in spite of it having its own observation platforms and revolving restaurant. Its original intent was as a communication tower, not as an observation tower, and so it's out. Monuments like 's Gateway or 's are out as well. Clearly no commemorative structure is designed with the Space Needle as inspiration, so they are cut out from my overall argument.

So, let's get the list ranked by height out of the way first:

1. Stratosphere Tower -- -- 1,149 ft -- 1996
2. Macau Tower -- -- 1,109 ft -- 2001
3. Sky Tower -- -- 1,076 ft -- 1997
4. Sydney Tower -- -- 1,014 ft -- 1981
5. Calgary Tower -- -- 626 ft -- 1968
6. Pinnacle Tower -- -- 624 ft -- 2006
7. Tower of the Americas -- -- 622 ft -- 1968
8. Cairo Tower -- -- 614 ft -- 1961
9. Euromast -- -- 607 ft -- 1970 (238 ft in 1961)
10. Space Needle -- -- 605 ft -- 1961
11. Republic Tower -- -- 563 ft -- 2005
12. Reunion Tower -- -- 560 ft -- 1978
13. Nasinnuela -- -- 551 ft -- 1971
14. Spinnaker Tower -- -- 541 ft -- 2005
15. Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas -- -- 540 ft -- 1999
16. Skylon Tower -- -- 520 ft -- 1965
17. Harbour Centre -- -- 481 ft -- 1977
18. Vasco de Gama Tower -- -- 476 ft -- 1998
19. Atakule Tower -- -- 410 ft -- 1989
20. Waikiki Business Plaza -- -- 21 floors (252 ft?) -- 1964

Now, I shall examine each structure in turn and in chronological order of their completion -- complete with photos! -- with the exception of Tampa's Pinnacle Tower, because it is not yet finished. Are you ready?

Let's begin...

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Building: Euromast
City: Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Height: 238 ft / 607 ft (2 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1961 / 1970
Revolving restaurant?: no; stationery restaurant at 100 m (238 ft)
Rip off of the Space Needle?: impossible
Notes: I say "impossible," really, more in reference to its first incarnation -- the tower with the restaurant platform on the top at 100 meters up, as that was its height for nine years. It was not until 1970 that the so-called "Spacetower" reaching up another 85 meters was added. In 1970, the Space Needle was already nine years old itself. Gee, I wonder where they got the idea for that name? As for design, clearly there is much left to be desired.

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Building: Cairo Tower
City: Cairo
Country: Egypt
Height: 614 ft (9 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1961
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: not exactly
Notes: Again, a structure completed shortly before the Space Needle was finished -- but clearly nowhere close in terms of design. Cairo Tower did not open with a revolving restaurant on its top, however, and the restaurant's addition obviously must have been part of a bandwagon of revolving restaurants atop towers that began with the Space Needle. I am willing to give this one more slack, though, because I really admire its design, which was indeed unveiled before the Space Needle's and couldn't possibly have had anything to do with it.

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Building: Space Needle
City: Seattle
Country: U.S.
Height: 605 ft
Year completed: 1961
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: It is the Space Needle -- the one and only
Notes: Come on, now. I dare you to try and convince me that any other observation tower in the world is more beautiful! What I love most about it is how designers assigned just as much importance on the view of the structure from the outside as they did on the view of the rest of the city from the inside. The clear overriding purpose of most of these other towers is simply to offer a spectacular, panoramic view. But the Space Needle offers that and so much more. Inside or out, the building offers a strikingly gorgeous view.

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Building: Waikiki Business Plaza
City: Honolulu
Country: U.S.
Height: 21 floors (252 ft?) (perhaps 353 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1964
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: sort of
Notes: This building, obviously, is a bit borderline. And granted, it may have been informed more by the previous revolving restaurant in Hawaii that came first than it was by the Space Needle -- except that, indeed, this does sit on top of a relatively tall building. Certainly tall enough to offer a spectacular panoramic view without the assistance of a hillside, anyway -- it's hardly a block away from the beach. And the shape of the restaurant portion is, unquestionably, reminiscent of the Space Needle.

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Building: Skylon Tower
City: Niagara Falls
Country: Canada
Height: 520 ft (85 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1965
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: duh
Notes: This seems to me to be both the most immediate and the most obvious copycat of the Space Needle -- just designed far more lazily, with a multi-level platform stuck on top of long slabs of concrete (which the Space Needle is not made out of; it's made of steel). I have to admit that this tower must indeed provide a spectacular view of Niagara Falls, but again, that's apparently as far as the designers went in their vision. I certainly find nothing particularly admirable about this design -- except that it seems to have been informed by the Space Needle, which only makes me more proud of the landmark that I and others in the Northwest can call our own.

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Building: Tower of the Americas
City: San Antonio
Country: U.S.
Height: 622 ft (17 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1968
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: pretty much
Notes: This one's even worse than the last one! Talk about uninspired. The Tower of the Americas was made for the 1968 World's Fair, the third one to occur after Seattle's, and it seemed almost as though planners thought, "Hey! The Space Needle in Seattle went over really well! Let's make a half-assed replica here!" Not only did they fail to create a design worth, well, anything, but they failed to realize that a 622-foot high view of San Antonio did not exactly yield the most spectacular scenery. "Look! I can see dirt and dust for hundreds of miles!" And just look at the thing. It looks like a big cinnamon stick with a plug on it.

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Building: Calgary Tower
City: Calgary
Country: Canada
Height: 626 ft (21 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1968
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: I think so
Notes: Is it just me, or does this building look sort of like some kind of giant baby rattle? Calgary Tower seems much more reminiscent of the Space Needle when lit up at night, don't you think? Too bad its design is otherwise dreadfully boring. Why bother having a tower like this if regular office towers nearby are going to outshine and upstage it? Well, I guess so you can go up this building and look at all those other towers. It seems unfortunate that the people in the other towers don't get as good a view. This was built the same year as the Tower of the Americas, and the best thing I can saw for this is that it's barely more interesting.

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Building: Nasinnuela
City: Tampere
Country: Finland
Height: 551 ft (54 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1971
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: sort of
Notes: Frankly, this one's not all that much better than Calgary Tower. It is still better, though, as the stem tapers ever so slightly toward the top, and the observation and restaurant platform at the top taper slightly as well. It kind of makes me think of a lighthouse. The design is clearly still not particularly inspired, however.

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Building: Harbor Centre
City: Vancouver
Country: Canada
Height: 481 ft (124 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1977
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: no doubt about it
Notes: I just ate lunch in the Harbour Centre's revolving restaurant just a couple weekends ago, and naturally I really enjoyed it -- Vancouver has a lovely skyline. And as far as concrete Space Needle copycats go, Harbour Centre isn't really half bad -- from the neck up, anyway. I really like the spire with the three bulbs on top of it, which gives it a nice distinguishing feature. I also like the tapering design of the restaurant/observation deck portion of the building, which gives it a much less clunky feeling than most of these other structures. That is, of course, until you look at the office building that's holding it up. I can sum it up in one word: blah. I can find giant rectangular blocks anywhere, thanks.

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Building: Reunion Tower
City: Dallas
Country: U.S.
Height: 560 ft (45 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1978
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: vaguely (although it seems more like a rip off of the Atakule Tower in Ankara, which is not possible since Atakule Tower came later, so maybe it's the other way around)
Notes: This building makes me think of a huge scepter out of which giant magic sparkles can be shaken. I actually like the design of this one, particularly at night, not just because it seems to deliberately veer away from the Space Needle template, but because it looks like a big floating ball of lights. It's kind of disappointing that it has to be in Dallas of all places, but whatever. It still doesn't come close to the Space Needle, of course, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think it was kind of cool.

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Building: Sydney Tower
City: Sydney
Country: Australia
Height: 1,014 ft (499 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1981
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: kind of
Notes: Here's an example where designers seemed to actually be going for architectural originality, although they also seemed to be going for something else as well, and what that something else is totally escapes me. Well, aside from significance through height: this tower is taller than if the Space Needle were stood on top of Harbour Centre. The netting around the supporting pole is . . . uh, interesting, I guess. On the whole, I think this building looks like a gigantic honey stick. That and I think it's a mite ugly. It comes as no surprise to me that the Sydney Opera house is a far more famous architectural symbol of the city.

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Building: Atakule Tower
City: Ankara
Country: Turkey
Height: 410 ft
Year completed: 1989
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: vaguely
Notes: Look! It's Epcot Center on a stick! After someone peeled half the skin off! I'm a little baffled by this design. Maybe you have to be there to get it. This obviously doesn't look a lot like the Space Needle, but it does still have the whole "revolving restaurant in the sky" theme going, which suggests that it still would not have existed without the Space Needle coming before it.

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Building: Stratosphere Tower
City: Las Vegas
Country: U.S.
Height: 1,149 ft (544 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1996
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: you guessed it
Notes: Now here's a building that has very much become a symbol of the city in which it stands, and for more than one reason: Stratosphere Tower is, after all, now the tallest building west of the Mississippi; in fact it stands a couple hundred feet taller than Seattle's tallest office building. It's 61 feet shy of being twice the height of the Space Needle. But it still begs the question: is it as cool as the Space Needle? HELL NO! It's just another revolving restaurant on top of long concrete slabs, just like the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls (only more than twice as tall). Oh, all right, I'll admit that I love that this building has thrill rides on top of it, to which no other city can lay claim (although I'm not sure any city outside of Las Vegas would want to). Both times I have been to Las Vegas, both this year and last, I made it a point to ride those rides. Stratosphere is undeniably fun. But I'm talking about design here, damn it! And do you know what I have to say about Stratosphere's design? *yawn* The tripod legs are practically a carbon copy of the Space Needle's, which I don't really mind, but what's with that top? It's boring as hell.

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Building: Sky Tower
City: Auckland
Country: New Zealand
Height: 1,076 ft (471 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1997
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: totally
Notes: Here is Auckland trying to outdo Sydney -- and succeeding. I love how this building looks when it's lit up at night. But take a look at that decorative ring. It's got "Space Needle" written all over it! And when it comes to daylight views, I find the design to be rather awkward and almost clumsy. It kind of looks like a syringe that someone accidentally crunched, don't you think? Still, I think it's actually more interesting than Sydney Tower.

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Building: Vasco de Gama Tower
City: Lisbon
Country: Portugal
Height: 476 ft (129 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1998
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: some parts, arguably yes -- other parts, definitely no
Notes: I had a very hard time finding photos of this building. Is Lisbon really so secluded from the rest of the world? Without that partly intriguing and partly baffling lattice work to the side of it, this building would also be boring as hell. As it is, I have mixed feelings about it. Once again, though, "revolving restaurant in the sky" proves that it all started with the Space Needle, and this design does not come even remotely close.

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Building: Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas
City: Las Vegas
Country: U.S.
Height: 540 ft (65 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 1999
Revolving restaurant?: no
Rip off of the Space Needle?: not exactly (hello! it's a half-assed replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France -- which is not included on this list because, like that famous obelisk in Washington D.C., it's a monument, not an observation tower (in spite of the fact that it has an observation deck))
Notes: Now here is a spectacular design -- so graceful and timeless that, although I wouldn't personally go so far as to say it surpasses the Space Needle, I wouldn't be too eager to argue with someone else who felt that way. The problem, of course, is that it is a half-scale replica of another structure that is actually authentic, while this one is not. The beauty of the design is undeniable; it just happens to be stolen, and rendered into just another in a long line of surrealistically tacky additions to the Las Vegas Strip. The only concessions I can give this one are that it's quite obviously not informed by the Space Needle -- as the original design pre-dates the Space Needle by more than sixty years -- and, well, it is still fun to take the elevator to the top.

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Building: Macau Tower
City: Macau
Country: China
Height: 1,109 ft (504 ft taller than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 2001
Revolving restaurant?: yes
Rip off of the Space Needle?: essentially
Notes: This is like what would happen if the Space Needle and the Stratosphere Tower could have mated and had a child (who then, inexplicably, ran away to China). Its design seems to hint at greatness, but in my mind, never quite makes it there. And there's that decorative ring again! It's spreading around the world!

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Building: Republic Tower
City: Ankara
Country: Turkey
Height: 563 ft (42 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 2005
Revolving restaurant?: no (it's topped with a facility used for astronomy)
Rip off of the Space Needle?: I'm going with no
Notes: This one is quite possibly the least like the Space Needle of all of the buildings in this list. It doesn't even have a revolving restaurant, so I can't say that I think this was inspired in any way by the Space Needle. What I can say, however, is I still think the Space Needle has a design that is far more pleasing to the eye.

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Building: Spinnaker Tower
City: Portsmouth
Country: U.K.
Height: 541 ft (64 ft shorter than the Space Needle)
Year completed: 2005
Revolving restaurant?: no (waterfront restaurant is at its base)
Rip off of the Space Needle?: definitely not
Notes: This one is perhaps the second-least like the Space Needle in this list, and if both these last two additions are any indication, perhaps it is a sign that designers are finally moving away from the Space Needle template and actually daring to come up with straightforwardly original designs. This one has a restaurant, but it's at the bottom and it does not revolve. It doesn't even look like a traditional tower so much as a cross between a fish and a sail boat. It's probably still safe to say a building like the Space Needle -- which I still think has a better design, naturally -- was in essence an architectural ancestor to this. But it's nice to see some genuine evolution of ideas starting to happen.

So there you have it: my take on the observation towers of the world. And even as I inevitably continue to compare them all to the always-superior Space Needle, I will go out of my way to climb each and every one of these that I come within any near distance to. They are all fun in their own ways. But my pride will remain here at home with the Needle...

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Peter: best of...! well done!

a'la: 28th Mar 2006 - 21:17 GMT

WOW this is definately the most detailed entry I've ever seen on here. Good looking out! Great content, too. I now know a lot more about these structures than I ever did and I had never even heard of some of them.

Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 28th Mar 2006 - 21:51 GMT

May I add:
BT Telecom Tower, London
A famous London landmark since the 1960s
Location: 60 Cleveland Street, London W1.
189m (620ft)
It had a revolving resturant open to the public until a bombing in the early '70's. Now it's purely for corportate events. As work started on Telecom Tower in 1961, I believe that it may predate the Space Needle.
www.urban75.org/london/telecom.html

jack: 28th Mar 2006 - 22:33 GMT

i cant get over all those towers around the globe. very good job. also hool can we submit original poetry here.

Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 28th Mar 2006 - 22:42 GMT

Although I'm not sure if the Telecom Tower was ever technically an observation tower and it's not particularly pretty....but anyhoo, it nearly fits here.
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jeeff: 28th Mar 2006 - 23:49 GMT

very informative article, tho i think your enthusiasm for the space needle definitely clouds your objectivity a bit. a couple things:

1) the space needle itself was inspired by the stuttgart tv tower in germany, completed in 1956-- a 771 ft tall broadcast tower (which also functions as a tourist attraction and is still in use). since then there's been an evolution of towers, but its hardly fair to suggest that subsequent towers were ripping off the space needle alone. really they're all part of a form that is dictated largely by their purposes - broadcast/communications & observation/tourism.

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photo by harald lutz
taken from: en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0000071

2) your definition: an observation tower is a tower built for observation or is known almost exclusively as such. (emphasis added)

my question: known by whom? what percent of opinion equals "known almost exclusively"? what's your source? i think really this is just your opinion, which is fine. however, i guarantee that the overwhelming majority of the towers above serve both observation and communications purposes. it's only practical. i'm not a chest-thumping torontonian (in fact i'm always happy to see something on citynoise that's not from toronto) but i really can't see why the cn tower shouldn't be on this list. it's a communications tower yes, but both observation levels and a revolving restaurant were important parts of the original design. in toronto, the tower is overwhelmingly known as a tourist destination rather than as a piece of communications infrastructure. i know this because i worked there as an elevator monkey-boy for 2 years and almost every visitor i spoke to was surprised to learn its communications uses. basically, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... ?

those things aside, very informative and interesting article. thanks for posting.

EvilGentleman: 28th Mar 2006 - 23:50 GMT

Architectural and urban planning discussions on citynoise... Detailed information on citynoise creates a new reference destination on the web?
I can see the headlines now...
Awesome work, great information. Thanks so much. This is one World Almanac addict who wants to see more of what you can do.

Peter: 28th Mar 2006 - 23:56 GMT

i cant believe that no one has mentioned the phallic nature of these constructs, yet. i mean, just saying...

really, it seems to be all about mankind's need to build constructs in homage to the human cock.

stabbing skyward,
making with the broadcasts.

Editor:: jack: poetry is both welcomed and encoouraged!

elaine: 29th Mar 2006 - 08:20 GMT

ooh! ooh! did anyone mention blackpool tower yet? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool_Tower

champ: 30th Mar 2006 - 02:04 GMT

i thank that i have to good with peter that was the best thanks for the info

leeroy: 28th May 2006 - 05:08 GMT

this is a cool list, i would like to see the same kind of list with all the tower's and,or structure's listed. iv'e been to the sydney,seattle,stratosphere. i plan to see them all while i travel with my work.
thanks,leeroy

anon (216.186.53.53): 31st May 2006 - 14:50 GMT

very nice tall bulidings i like the bulidings.

sam chhin: i like the buliding they are very tall

susy: 3rd Apr 2007 - 15:29 GMT

there are alote of buildings like the space needle!

Che: 12th Aug 2007 - 10:22 GMT

The Calgary tower's a lot better than most of these in my opinion, having actaully seen the majority in person.

I think you just looked up the pictures on google.

john beshwoock: Space needle is totally kick ass

Nate: 25th Sep 2007 - 22:05 GMT

I live in Seattle. The Space Needle is as ugly as most on your list, get over it!

Cesseli: 14th Oct 2007 - 22:17 GMT

The Space Needle is totally awesome. I am studying it for a report and the information is great. It's just what I need!

K King: 17th Dec 2007 - 07:53 GMT

Why do you take on such a smug attitude? And not include the CN tower as well, which obviously crushes the Space Needle? It is probably Canada's biggest tourist attraction in terms of attendance. Don't get me wrong, Seattle is my second favourite city, but come on, the Space Needle isn't THAT great.

CarrieBicknell: 11th Jan 2008 - 04:43 GMT

an interesting note about the needle in Auckland, NZ is that you can jump off of it. Yes, they actually have a harness/cable system they can hook you up to and you walk out on a plank and jump. very cool.

Capnsarcastic: 17th Jul 2009 - 05:13 GMT

What about the Space Needle in Gatlinburg TN? It's WAY better than Seattle's Space Needle!

Franny Wentzel: 11th Aug 2009 - 02:52 GMT

From my old hometown Berlin are two interesting specimens of the observation towers with restaurants...

image 35144

The Funkturm (Radio Tower) - built in the 1920s in West Berlin's Exhibition Grounds. Has restaurant and OB platform.

image 35145

The 'Tele-spargel' (TV Tower) built by the East German State as a showcase. To the atheist government's irritation a cross could be seen in the sun's reflection despite efforts to eradicate the imagery. One Communist revolution per hour at the restaurant...

image 35146

But for the honor for the lamest spawn of the Space Needle... all other pretenders and contenders must bow and fear to...

image 35147

The Gobbler Motel and Supper Club!

But wait you say... that is a single storey building...

image 35148

...ah so, but it has a revolving bar!

image 35149

and above the bar...

image 35150

The 'Roost'... an intimate dining space... all done in deep pile shag!

The motel closed and was burned down by the local fire department for training but the restaurant is still around though it's been closed for years...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gobbler

www.lileks.com/institute/motel

gobblermotel.blogspot.com

Tony In SA Texas: 24th Aug 2009 - 03:53 GMT

Kinda harsh on the Tower of Americas there and for your information is looks like a "churro stick". but seriously I think your article was very interesting, I did enjoy it very much. I stumbled across it because I was reading about our HemisFair and the building of the tower (I was actually about 6 when it took place) so I became very interested in how many other "towers" there were. So I did find your article very useful and surprising that there are even more towers than you list. Since you did this article back in 2006 maybe you'll do a follow up on day. Good luck to you.

JovanG: 9th Oct 2009 - 07:34 GMT

Woo!!! Reunion Tower was one of the only positive reviews (if you can call it that). My only qualm, is that it always looked a little like the ball on top wasn't exactly centered? Maybe my eyes are playing tricks? I also wish it were taller. Like 150ft. taller. You'll also be happy to know (prolly not since it will be a "rip off" lol), Dallas is getting ANOTHER observation tower, but the other side of downtown. In Fair Park! Someone FROM SEATTLE even said that Fair Park with a "space needle" would be very similar to Seattle Center. Anyways, nice article. I think you should've included CN Tower, Fernsehturm, and Oriental Pearl. They pretty much aren't the Space Needle, lol.

Joe M: 28th Dec 2009 - 22:55 GMT

I think the Spinnaker Tower is the most impressive of all the towers pictured. The Space Needle comes in second or third. BTW the view of San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas is anything but what you described. No, we don't ride our horses to work in Texas either. I do agree that the design of the Tower of the Americas cannot compare to the Space Needle. It is a lame design, but it was built on a whim for the 1968 World's Fair, which I attended when I was 8 yrs old.

John D: 29th Dec 2009 - 23:09 GMT

Didn't the Jetsons animators steal the Space Needle design too! Go bash them also to complete your notches on your Space Needle!

Don Chisholm: 18th Aug 2010 - 20:06 GMT

" what follows is a list of the twenty tallest observation towers in the world built since 1960 "


But not the CN Tower? Oh! a self-imagined technicality. Excuuuuse me!

why should yew care?: 21st Oct 2010 - 18:28 GMT

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iLoveYew;: 21st Oct 2010 - 18:33 GMT

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seattle_space needle: 27th Feb 2011 - 18:33 GMT

all these towers are awesome!!!! PS.I live in seattle and I love the space needle!!!!!and I`ve been to the space needle a lot.

seattle_space needle: 27th Feb 2011 - 18:35 GMT

oh forgot to tell ya,I`m the biggest fan of space needle.(not to hurt your feelings kabutomushi).

seattle_space needle: 27th Feb 2011 - 18:47 GMT

my favorite archtecture is googie architecture,because it`s cute.

Dave_in_Seattle: 7th May 2012 - 00:41 GMT

Capnsarcastic was right, Gatlinburg even copied the name (the logos are more similar than the towers are), and their view must be so much better, even if it is only 400 ft. (The Smoky Mountains and the famed Gatlinburg Strip !)

M.R: 27th Jun 2012 - 16:40 GMT

i think your wrong about the tower of the Americas.its a symbol of our city,and San Antonio is in the hill country,not the dirt country moron.We don't ride our horses to work,your stereotyping old Texas.we are modernized,and we are bigger then your puny city next to a bunch of exploding volcanoes.Actually most of san antonio is Mexican heritage.

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