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Sao Paulo’s glass box lookout puts fear of heights to the test

New viewpoint in Sao Paulo downtown
Influencer Renata Tellers walks inside Sampa Sky, a reinforced glass box that protrudes beyond the building and allows to see not only the horizon, but also the ground below your feet, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

August 5, 2021

By Pablo Garcia

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Visitors lie with their feet in the air, sit on the glass floor and walk to the edge of a transparent box as they pose for photos in a new sky deck on the 42nd level of Sao Paulo’s tallest building, the Mirante do Vale.

Called the Sampa Sky, the dizzying lookout officially opens on Sunday, but some people got a sneak peek on Wednesday.

“I think it’s beautiful, I love it. It was something that was missing in Sao Paulo,” said Sylvia Barreto, who admitted she was a little scared when she stepped out into the glass box.

The deck, nine floors below the top of the 170-metre-high (558-feet) building, was inspired by Chicago’s Skydeck, on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower.

“It’s an incredible sensation,” said Deise Remos. “I am scared to death of heights, I must confess, but I worked through the fear. After the first step it was incredible, it is incredible to see the city from this height.”

(Reporting by Pablo Garcia; Editing by Karishma Singh and Jane Wardell)

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