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Prima Tower (Singapore) dining area showing an example of a revolving restaurant


A revolving restaurant is a restaurant on a revolving floorplate. The building remains stationary and the diners are carried on the revolving floor. The revolving rate varies between one and three times per hour and enables the visitors of the tower restaurant to enjoy a panoramic view without leaving their seats. Such restaurants are often located on upper stories of hotels, television tower and skyscrapers.

History

A barrel-shaped, but stationary, restaurant on Fernsehturm Stuttgart, a TV tower in Stuttgartmarker, Germanymarker, built in 1956, was noted as the inspiration for the idea of a revolving restaurant. A revolving restaurant on Florianturmmarker, a TV tower in Dortmundmarker, Germany, was brought into service in 1959.John Graham, a Seattlemarker architect and early shopping mall pioneer, is said to be the first in the United States [101877] to design this sort of restaurant when he created La Ronde on top of an office building at the Ala Moana Shopping Centermarker in Honolulumarker in 1961. Graham later also used the technology to build the revolving restaurant still in service at the top of Seattle's Space Needlemarker.

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