Designtel - Space Needle, Eddie Carlson and John Graham

Space Needle [1962]

Eddie Carlson and John Graham

The centrepiece of Seattle’s 1962 Century 21 Expo, the Space Needle was initially conceptualised by the Expo’s chairman Eddie Carlson (inspired by Stuttgart’s Fernsehturm) to serve as a beacon of forward-looking technological advancement, with the Cold War and its Space Race very much in motion. A massive, slender mix of steel and concrete – the largest single-pour at the time – the Needle became an instant icon of Seattle, projecting unabashed American optimism and enabling one of the most successful Expo’s in history.

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