Los Angeles is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Downtown that is. Starting in early summer, adventurous folks can swoosh down a 45-feet-long skyscraper glass slide suspended 1,000 feet above the ground. It will be attached to the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast and “tallest open-air observation deck in California.”
Scaredy-cats will like to know that the slide is completely enclosed – but the bottom is 1.25-inch-thick glass, for ultimate viewing and adrenaline rushes as you slide 45 feet from the 70th to the 69th floor. Doesn’t sound terribly thick, right? Part of Skyspace LA, this adventure experience will open in June and also include an observation deck with panoramic views all around, from the local mountains to Catalina Island. Admission will be $25. This project is all part of DTLA’s ongoing renaissance and revival with U.S. Bank Tower receiving a $50-million facelift that will also include a bar and restaurant.
Associated Press quotes Lucy Rumantir, head of U.S. operations for the building owner OUE Limited of Singapore, as saying: “When you do something new in LA you’ve got to be creative,” she said, adding there are already plenty of things to see here. But the building owners’ thinking goes that a wild slide through the sky might drive more thrill-seekers downtown rather than to the beaches, Disneyland and other traditional attractions. […] There will be nothing like it in the U.S.”