A List of the World’s Highest Public Observation Decks

Diagram of the world's highest observation decks (Courtesy of CTBUH)

Diagram of the world’s highest observation decks (Courtesy of CTBUH)

People are a lot like cats: They like to go to high places and then secretly look down on everything below them. If it weren’t true, then airplanes wouldn’t have windows, and Chicago wouldn’t sport two public observation decks and more than a dozen private, closed, or simply abandoned ones.

For those of you interested in the observation deck phenomenon and its development, the people over at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have put together a piece which looks at the history of the observation deck and its current status.  It’s called Tall Buildings in Numbers – The World’s Highest Observation Decks, and is available as a PDF for the low low price of free.

Click this link to see it on paper, or click this link for a quickie list of the 75 highest public observatories currently open, or expected to open in the near future.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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