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Reinventing the enjoyment of skyscrapers. Warning: not for the faint-hearted!

August 20, 2009

By Dian Hasan | August 20, 2009

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How do you re-ignite interest in a former former world-record holder, in skyscraper territory? Chicago’s famed Sears Tower, which in 2009 was renamed Willis Tower that through the late 1980s was the proud record holder of the world’s tallest skyscraper, a title snatched by Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1988.
The answer is: create an observation deck, but take it to the extreme, in the shape of all-glass pods on the building’s 103rd floor that jut out into… thin air! Or so it seems. At least the sensation it brings confirms the feeling of “walking in the sky”.

This nifty idea has brought back interest in Sears Tower, if the rising visitor numbers are any indication.

Skydeck Observation on 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo: AP

Skydeck Observation on 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo: Reuters

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Skydeck Observation on 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo: Reuters

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Skydeck Observation on 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo: AP

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Skydeck Observation on 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo: Getty Images

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