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Old June 30th, 2005, 12:13 AM   #21
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imagine standing at 256m when typhoon strikes HK
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Old July 1st, 2005, 06:14 AM   #22
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perhaps the highest units offer grappling hooks!
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Old July 1st, 2005, 09:16 AM   #23
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I believe Eureka Tower has balconies.
That roof is awesome, ehere is that? Is amazing.
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Old July 1st, 2005, 03:27 PM   #24
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LOL, and I who thought my relatives balcony on the 6th floor was high
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Old July 1st, 2005, 09:01 PM   #25
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The highest balcony I've ever been on (not counting the observation deck at the Empire State Building) was a 25th floor balcony overlooking the ocean on Miami Beach, even that caused vertigo if you looked down.
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 05:39 PM   #26
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All that stuff is perfect for suicide
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Old July 4th, 2005, 12:53 AM   #27
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Highest balcony I've ever been was 2 floors high...
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Old July 7th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #28
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The highest balcony I've ever been on (not counting the observation deck at the Empire State Building) was a 25th floor balcony overlooking the ocean on Miami Beach, even that caused vertigo if you looked down.
I topped my old highest last weekend, I was looking at apartments in Miami and went out on a balcony on the 37th floor. I can't imagine anyone spending any kind of time on there. Did have a nice view though.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 08:21 AM   #29
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A 70th-floor balcony that's 8-10 feet deep, but only projects 2 or 3 feet from the building (with the remainder set in to the building) and has a 5 foot high faux-stone outer wall with a "thick" foot-deep "crown" at the top would be cool -- offering cave-like shelter and psychological & physical protection from which residents could cautiously emerge on their own terms when they're READY to experience the awesome view. The faux stone is important -- psychologically, it says "this is solid, thick, safe, and sheltering".

A 30th-floor balcony that's a 4-foot deep by 10 foot wide slab of 3" thick post-tensioned concrete projecting out from the outer wall, surrounded by a metal railing, is almost GUARANTEED to be a terrifyingly unpleasant and stressful place to be, where just about anyone would feel naked, vulnerable, and exposed. Even someone who's an engineer and knows all about post-tensioned concrete is going to feel that nagging, visceral, low-level emotional fear that says, "the floor is going to crack and break off, and I'm going to fall to my death". Or, "that railing looks flimsy. If I lean on it, it's going to snap". And, of course, with no sheltering sides set into the building itself, anyone standing there is going to be fully visible to the neighbors & have no privacy, and be subjected to the full force of any winds blowing at that height.

The most important trait of ANY balcony is a sense of protection and safety. At the very least, a balcony should be at least 8-10 feet deep, and at least 4-6 feet of it should be set back into the building to create a sheltered transition zone between the protected indoors and exposed outdoors.

Think about the balconies you've been on. Which ones were pleasant? Which ones did you really HATE, and couldn't wait to get back inside? The two WORST ones I've experienced were both in Miami. One was a 20th-story hotel room somewhere in Miami Beach from a 60s/70s era building. Hundreds of tiny little slabs projecting naked from the beach side of the building. Absolutely horrible. The other was yet another hotel room where a friend was staying and was even worse... little more than a sliding glass door with metal railing along the outside to lean over. Useless as a balcony, and terrifying to stand near because it looked too flimsy to lean on.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 08:43 AM   #30
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Jesus Christ man! you need to see a shrink. Pronto!
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Old July 11th, 2005, 07:25 AM   #31
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does john hancock "pseudo-balcony" counts?

anyway the highest is a 21st floor in Panam
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Old July 11th, 2005, 09:02 AM   #32
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I壇 love to have a balcony at 300m. If someone is afraid they should have a safety rope attached

This is picture from 44th floor (rooftop). Yes, that痴 my shoe

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Old July 11th, 2005, 09:14 AM   #33
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Old July 13th, 2005, 04:23 AM   #34
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There are two balconies off the Rialto Observation deck in Melbourne. Every tim I have been out on them it has been so windy, even when it is not very windy at ground level. I think apartment balconies above 200m would be almost useless due to the weather conditions that far off the ground.

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Old July 13th, 2005, 07:52 AM   #35
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Just think about those guys who change light bulbs on the top of 3000 ft. communication towers. That shit will melt your face.
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Old July 13th, 2005, 08:07 AM   #36
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yeah its pretty windy on the top of the cn tower

when i was up there and i jumped the wind pushed me haha it was kind of fun
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Old July 18th, 2005, 05:24 PM   #37
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I would kill to own a balcony at that heights!
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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #38
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(snip)The most important trait of ANY balcony is a sense of protection and safety. At the very least, a balcony should be at least 8-10 feet deep, and at least 4-6 feet of it should be set back into the building to create a sheltered transition zone between the protected indoors and exposed outdoors. (snip)
I was always afraid of balconies until I moved into my current apartment. I'm on the 38th floor of Marina City in Chicago. Bertrand Goldberg apparently went out of his way to create balconies that would feel "womblike" (his word), since at the time they were built the Marina City corncobs were the tallest apartment buildings in the world. They do. They're semicircles 10 feet deep and 20 feet wide with four foot railings. The womblike aspect comes from the size of the overhang from the above balcony, and downward-curving brackets extending from above. You really feel like you're on a protected vernada, not a balcony. They're also enormous. You can also pretty easily get six people sitting around a table and a full-size BBQ grill out there with a lot of room to spare. Unfortunately, most balconies on the condos going up in Chicago's current (over-)building boom are of the 4-foot deep hanging-off-the-side-of-the-building type scare-your-pants-off ilk.

Below is a good shot of the balconies and the 61st-floor roofdeck in use on July 4th (viewing west tower from the roofdeck of east tower.)



(Photo taken by InTheLoop).
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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:51 AM   #39
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Whoa! Why haven't I been up at the Scirocco in State Tower?


This looks like the stairway to death!
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Old July 19th, 2005, 02:24 PM   #40
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I壇 love to have a balcony at 300m. If someone is afraid they should have a safety rope attached

This is picture from 44th floor (rooftop). Yes, that痴 my shoe


kidding me dude,just put your shoe on the edge.
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