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  • March 9, 2016

    HOW TO SHOOT THROUGH GLASS IN AN OBSERVATORY

    Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory’s in-house photographer, Mike Reid, recently wrote and published a brilliant blog post geared toward photographers and visitors at SVO describing what it takes to shoot a quality photo through glass at an observatory.

    Read all about it and up your photography skills here:
    How to Shoot Through Glass in an Observatory

  • January 11, 2015

    SKY LIGHTS SCULPTURES

    The Sky Lights digital installations in the Columbia Center lobby go beyond the normal, static office sculpture by presenting information about environmental conditions through color and animation.

    Each sculpture, assembled from high-resolution LED tubes, displays a different set of information. One of the sculptures changes color based on visibility, another changes with the temperature and the third reflects the position of the sun and the phase of the moon. In addition to changing color, each sculpture has a set of animations, as well, that reflect other environmental factors, such as wind velocity of the arrival of solar noon.

    All of the installations have day modes and night modes, and display a special, animated “chime” every hour on the hour, transforming them into clocks as well.

  • January 11, 2015

    DIGITAL SIGNAGE AND WAYFINDING SYSTEM

    To better serve tenants and visitors, the lobby and atrium at Columbia Center now features a digital signage program to deliver news and information.

    The digital signage is based around a large digital installation in the lobby and seven screens located throughout the atrium. In addition to the customary weather forecasts, Columbia Center’s digital signage displays news about local events from around Seattle, tips on dining options in the building and fun facts about the structure itself.

    Each different piece of information comes with a custom design and background animation, ensuring that the digital signage keeps the space fresh and dynamic, in addition to informing viewers about where to get coffee or the amount of steel used to construct the building.

  • January 11, 2015

    PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT AT SKY VIEW OBSERVATORY

    The Sky View Observatory offers a one-of-a-kind event space in the highest public observatory on the west coast with award-winning, full-service catering from Ravishing Radish Catering. Whether it’s an intimate wedding, a cocktail party, or a corporate event, the Observatory and Ravishing Radish will meet every event need.

    The space boasts a sleek décor that allows the view to be the focus and can be tailored to suit a client’s needs. It includes state-of-the-art technology with a built-in sound system, 3 flat-screen TV’s and can accommodate a band or DJ.

    The venue accommodates for seated events for up to 75 and stand-up, reception-style events for up to 100.

    About Ravishing Radish: Ravishing Radish was founded in 1993 by owner, Lisbet Mielke. Food is art at Ravishing Radish, and seasonal cuisine focusing on fresh local ingredients forms the foundation of the kitchen philosophy. Mielke’s long-term highly trained professional staffers play a key role in the enterprise.

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  • January 11, 2015

    SKY VIEW OBSERVATORY RANKS IN TOP 11 IN WORLD

    The highly regarded Condé Nast Traveler recently named the Sky View Observatory as one of the Top 11 public viewing platforms in the world.

    Located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory features 360 degree views of Seattle and the surrounding region. This observatory sits at a height of over 900 feet. The panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Cascades, Elliott Bay, the Olympics, Seattle and the Space Needle.

    From the infinite views, to the floor to ceiling exhibits complemented by three original films, visitors embark on a journey exploring the wonders and wanders of the Pacific Northwest.

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  • January 11, 2015

    SKY VIEW CAFÉ NOW OPEN

    Now visitors can enjoy a glass of wine or Washington microbrew with their view at the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. The new Sky View Café is operated by Lisbet Mielke of award-winning Ravishing Radish, and offers a seasonal menu focusing on fresh local ingredients. Delicious artisan bites paired with just the right beverage is sure to transforms your SVO experience to a whole new level.

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