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Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Not content with having the tallest building in

America , the owners of Willis Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms which stick out of the building 103 floors up.

The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's Skydeck. They are 4x10x10, made of solid glass, floor included...

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Visitors get their first view from The Ledge -- four glass balconies suspended from the Tower.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Designers say the platforms - collectively dubbed The Ledge - have been purposely created to make visitors feel as they are floating above the city. The reward is unobstructed views of Chicago from the building's west side and a heart-stopping (well, duh!) vista of the street and Chicago River below - for those brave enough to look straight down. (not me!) It's like walking on ice.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

John Huston, one of the owners of the Willis Tower, even admitted to getting 'a little queasy' when he ventured out on to the balcony. However, after 30 or 40 trips, he seems to have gotten used to it.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Long way up: Even the floor of the platforms are glass - few are brave enough to look straight down. Although some adults felt dizzy after experiencing The Ledge, children seemed to take it in their stride.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Fearless: Five-year-old Anna Kane spreads out on the floor of the 10ft square box which is 1,353 ft up.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Thrill seekers: The boxes jut out four feet from the building and were specifically designed to attract visitors. The Willis Tower has always been about superlatives - tallest, largest, most iconic.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

The Ledge is the world's most awesome view, the world's most precipitous view, the view with the most wow in the world. The balconies are 10ft high and 10ft wide, can hold five tons, and have glass which is 1.5 inch thick.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Inspiration came from the hundreds of
forehead prints visitors left behind on The Skydeck windows every week. Now, staff have a new glass surface to clean: floors!

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

Architect Ross Wimer said: 'We did studies that sh
owed a 4' X 4' deep enclosure makes you feel like you're detached from the building particularly since there's only room for one row of people.'

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

The Ledge is accessible from The Skydeck which attracts 25,000 visitors on clear days. They each pay $15 to take an elevator ride up to the 103rd floor of the 110-story office building that opened in 1973.

Glass Balcony On The 103rd Floor

After seeing this I think I will have a glass of wine and sit in my sturdy, favorite chair.


Users' Comments (2) RSS feed comment
Posted by Naren, on 22-01-2011 03:08, , Guest
:? shocked to see
 

Posted by priyanka, on 28-12-2010 05:12, , Guest
luks scary bt COOL!!!!!!!!! :zzz :grin
 

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