Walking On Air

SOM designs observation platforms that allow visitors to walk on the air. A new platform is planned for Chicago's Sears Tower.
June 19, 2009, 7am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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The platforms are made op water-white glass, with no visible frame, and will stick out 1,353 feet above the street.

"In addition to delivering a gut-wrenching experience while ensuring no one actually plummets to the ground, the designers had to contend with one other factor: the window washing system. The glass boxes promised to be a real impediment to the facade-access baskets, which drop straight down the building's face.

In answer, SOM designed The Ledge's modules to retract into the building."

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Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in The Architect's Newspaper
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