There are plenty of amazing features of the modern age, but at Floor Coverings International, the ones we gravitate towards are naturally more flooring oriented. The ability to make floors made of glass, which easily support the weight of awed visitors, is one of the great feats of modern engineering. Here we’ve assembled a list of 7 of our favorite glass floors from around the world.
Blackpool Tower – Lancashire, England
Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, the Blackpool Tower was first opened to the public in 1894. Staggering over Lancashire at over 500 feet tall, it is a Grade I listed structure, or a building of exceptional interest in England and Wales. The tower’s glass floor panel (two inches thick and weighing half a ton) was opened in 1998.
Spinnaker Tower – Portsmouth, England
Much newer than the Blackpool Tower, but also a UK resident, is the Spinnaker Tower, which was opened in October 2005, as the centerpiece of Portsmouth’s redevelopment project. The tower is designed to look like a sail in the wind, and its glass floor is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Willis Tower – Chicago, U.S.A
While you might be more familiar with Willis Tower by its former name, the Sears Tower, this skyscraper was in fact acquired by the Willis Group. For nearly 25 years it held the title of Tallest Building in the World, and while it might no longer hold this honor, it is still one of the more famous sites in America. Willis Tower’s glass floors are part of its retractable balconies, which were opened in 2009 and can hold over four tons of weight.
Calgary Tower-Calgary, Canada
Like the Willis Tower, this building was also known by a different name, originally having been called the Husky Tower. Opened in 1968 as part of an urban renewal project, the glass floor was added in 2005.
Grand Canyon Skywalk – Arizona, U.S.A
This wonder of technical engineering is one of the more unique glass floors on our list. Completed in 2007, the structure forms a loop coming out over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The floor is made of four layers of low iron glass and can technically hold 822 people each weighing around 200 pounds, although the maximum allowed capacity is 120 people at one time.
CN Tower – Toronto, Canada
Completed in 1976, this building was the world’s tallest free standing structure, as well as tallest tower, until 2010 with the construction of the Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower. The CN in the name refers to Canadian National and its glass floor was added in 1994.
Walk of Faith – China
Most similar to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the so-called “Walk of Faith” was built along Tianmen Mountain in Tianmen National Park, Hunan Province, China. Like the other glass floors on this list, it was built as an aid to the already spectacular views. In some ways glass floors are like regular glasses then, helping us to see the true beauty of the world.