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Open-air observation deck includes glass slide 1,000 ft above downtown LA

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The Skyslide will allow visitors to slide 45 ft (13.7 m) down from the 70th floor to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in LA
The Skyslide will allow visitors to slide 45 ft (13.7 m) down from the 70th floor to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in LA
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The Skyslide will allow visitors to slide 45 ft (13.7 m) down from the 70th floor to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in LA
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The Skyslide will allow visitors to slide 45 ft (13.7 m) down from the 70th floor to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in LA
The Skyslide will be made made entirely of 1.25-in thick clear glass
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The Skyslide will be made made entirely of 1.25-in thick clear glass
OUE says it has spent nearly US$100 million on renovating of improving the US Bank Tower
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OUE says it has spent nearly US$100 million on renovating of improving the US Bank Tower
The US Bank Tower was bought by OUE in 2013 as part of the developer's business of "bringing new life to iconic buildings and communities across the globe"
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The US Bank Tower was bought by OUE in 2013 as part of the developer's business of "bringing new life to iconic buildings and communities across the globe"
The Skyspace will occupy floors 2, 54, 69 and 70 of the 310-m ( 1,018-ft) US Bank Tower
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The Skyspace will occupy floors 2, 54, 69 and 70 of the 310-m ( 1,018-ft) US Bank Tower
On their way up to to the deck itself, visitors will be guided through a variety of interactive and educational experiences on different floors of the US Bank Tower
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On their way up to to the deck itself, visitors will be guided through a variety of interactive and educational experiences on different floors of the US Bank Tower
The observation deck itself will be perched close to 1,000 ft (305 m) above downtown LA and will have 2,800 sq ft (260 sq m) of outdoor space
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The observation deck itself will be perched close to 1,000 ft (305 m) above downtown LA and will have 2,800 sq ft (260 sq m) of outdoor space
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These days every observation deck worth its salt has a glass-bottom, but throw the term "slide" into the equation and you may well have something out of the ordinary. Not only will OUE Skyspace LA be California's highest open-air observation deck, it will have a glass-bottomed slide on which visitors will be able to descend from one floor to another.

The Skyspace will occupy floors 69 and 70 of the 310-m ( 1,018-ft) US Bank Tower (formerly the Library Tower and the First Interstate Bank World Center) in Los Angeles. OUE says it has spent nearly US$100 million on renovating of improving the building.

When it is opened in June, Skyspace will provide 360-degree views of Los Angeles, from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and of landmarks such as the Dodger Stadium and Catalina Island.

The observation deck itself will be perched close to 1,000 ft (305 m) above downtown LA and will have 2,800 sq ft (260 sq m) of outdoor space. On their way up to to the deck, visitors will be guided through a variety of interactive and educational experiences on different floors of the building.

On their way up to to the deck itself, visitors will be guided through a variety of interactive and educational experiences on different floors of the US Bank Tower
On their way up to to the deck itself, visitors will be guided through a variety of interactive and educational experiences on different floors of the US Bank Tower

The Digital Interactive Level will include a 360-degree Digital Topography Wall showing information about landmarks and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, as well as other points of interest. In addition, there will be an Infinity Mirror that "creates reflections upon reflections" and a Silhouette Wall that "uses pixels to create reflective images based on body movement."

Surely the most unique part of any visit to the SkySpace, though, will be the recently announced Skyslide. Designed by M.Ludvik & Co. Installed on the Skyslide will be made entirely of 1.25-in (3.2-cm) thick clear glass, allowing visitors to slide 45 ft down from the 70th floor to the 69th floor, all the time with a view of the street below.

The Skyspace is due to open on 25 June and will be open from 9am-11pm every day. Tickets are set to go on sale to the public from 18 March and will cost $25 per day. Skyslide passes will be sold separately and will cost $8 for timed slots.

Source: OUE Skyspace LA

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3 comments
Peter Kelly
I'm really disappointed now...the first news article I saw of this, somewhere on the web, said "1,000ft glass slide". Now that would have been a ride worth taking!
Timelord
Zipline all the way down to the ground. That would be worth $25 instead of just $8, and it would get people back down faster, without needing elevators.
BigGoofyGuy
I think it is cool but not something I would ever try.