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Skylon Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 December 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Standing at 520 feet from street level and 775 feet from the bottom of Niagara Falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and United States air transport authorities, due to its proximity to the international boundary. It was the second tower to be built using the slipform method, in which concrete is continually poured into a form moving slowly up the tower. It was built by Pigott Construction of Hamilton, Ontario. The same methods were also used to build the Inco Superstack in Sudbury, and the CN Tower in Toronto.

The tower features three outside mounted "Yellow Bug" elevators (two of which can be seen above). At the time of their construction they were the first such elevators in Canada. They were designed, engineered and maintained by a division of the Otis Elevator Company from Hamilton, Ontario and can carry passengers to the top of the tower in 52 seconds. Unlike conventional elevators that are guided by side rails, the Skylon elevators operate with a guide rail on the backside only. Special equipment is employed to prevent the cables from becoming tangled in the wind or impeded by snow and ice in the winter. A curtain wall on the outside of the tower behind each elevator protects the counterweight and traveling cables from the elements.

The tower has two restaurants at its top, the lower Revolving Dining Room and the upper Summit Suite Buffet. The Revolving Dining Room seats 276 people and revolves once every hour by resting on a circular rail that is propelled by a 3 horsepower motor. An observation deck sits at the tower's summit. The base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade. A floor for conventions is also available, but is seldom utilized.

Photo captured September 27, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 125 138 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Cette tour est vraiment impressionnante , tant par sa conception que par son architecture
Il doit etre agreable de manger tout à la-haut , le spectacle doit être fabuleux !
Merci pour les explications
Bonne journée

11 Dec 2017 6:19am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique. Tes explications attrayantes. )

11 Dec 2017 6:51am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Wowser. A total "must" and no-brained if you're there!

11 Dec 2017 6:59am

Pascale from France

Impressionnante cette tour, et ce trouver dans un des ascenceurs doit l'être tout autant.
Bonne journée

11 Dec 2017 7:55am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & lights!
Amazing tower.

11 Dec 2017 10:42am

willy from Belgium

une belle tour impressionnante ...Steven

la vue doit être splendide à cette hauteur..

je te remercie pour les informations intéressantes


11 Dec 2017 10:52am

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

The top was probably inspired by a curling stone! or a hockey puck?! ;)

11 Dec 2017 11:00am

Marité from France

Waouh ! Quel panorama on doit avoir de là-haut !!! J'aimerais y grimper :-)
Bonne journée !

11 Dec 2017 11:54am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUperb! The light and color are stunning

11 Dec 2017 1:21pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Waaaauw....what a high

11 Dec 2017 1:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A nice Autumnal composition for this locally famous tower. Excellent.

11 Dec 2017 2:49pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien vu

11 Dec 2017 2:50pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wow...looks majestic !

11 Dec 2017 2:58pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I would love to ride those elevators and take in the view from them. Wonderful shot.

11 Dec 2017 3:59pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise!

11 Dec 2017 4:33pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Good information for a beautiful image. I like it...

11 Dec 2017 5:33pm

sherri from Arkansas, United States

very cool processing for this

11 Dec 2017 6:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful capture of this handsome tower. Nice light on the tower and trees.

11 Dec 2017 7:55pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

A excellent composition.

11 Dec 2017 11:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful image. That was very interesting reading about how the tower was built. I had never heard of that method before. I am not sure that I would want to travel up there on those outside elevators!

12 Dec 2017 2:29am

URspo from phoenix, United States


12 Dec 2017 4:03am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nicely shot with a fine history lesson

12 Dec 2017 4:19am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of the this great tower. Excellent. :)

12 Dec 2017 4:25am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

In Tampere, in Särkänniemi, there is a tower called "Näisinneula", whose rocks from the ground to the top of the antenna are 168 meters. It has a rotating restaurant at an altitude of 124 meters. Behind the restaurant is an open observation deck. Such towers are the masterpiece of the builders. In the tower of Tampere, the lifts are inside the tower from the elevator on the outskirts, it is great to watch when the views are expanding.

12 Dec 2017 4:39am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

la tour pousse de la belle végétaiton en fond super
Merci et belle journée

12 Dec 2017 6:27am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

has a wonderful Sci Fi quality to it

12 Dec 2017 10:48am

Remus from Portugal

With this warm light, the tower became more beautiful.
Great composition.

12 Dec 2017 5:55pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Oh I'd love to go there! Ride all the way to the top! Your photo is love - with some golden light and golden leaves!

13 Dec 2017 3:35am