One of the most high-profile renovations in Downtown Los Angeles right now is at the tallest tower in the West, the US Bank building. Newish owners OUE Limited are giving the whole structure what will be a very comprehensive, $50-million renovation, which will include an overhaul of the Fifth Street frontage, a new entrance at Hope Place, upgraded elevators, and a big video screen on the lobby wall.
The Gensler-designed overhaul will also include a glitzy observation deck called OUE Skyspace with a 360-degree view and a (non-Gensler-designed) glass slide hanging off the side of the building between the 69th and 70th floors. Tickets for the Skyspace will cost $25; the terrifying slide ride will add an extra $8 to the ticket.
Skyspace is scheduled to open on June 25, according to its website, and with the date approaching, there's likely been a lot of work going on inside the future observation deck. But unlike that work, hidden within the edifice, the progress on the 36-foot-long, clear glass Skyslide is visible to keen-eyed observers like photographer Sterling Davis.
Davis snapped a few photos last week of what appeared to be pre-installation work outside the tower, and then, yesterday, captured what's clearly the notorious glass slide itself. A rep for OUE confirms that the slide was indeed "entirely installed yesterday," but was unable to provide further details about what has to be done between now and opening day for this truly scary new feature to be ready for riders.
The chute will be made of four-inch-thick glass, sit 1,000 feet off the ground, and will provide the "thrill factor" for the new viewing deck attraction.
- First Look at Sky-Scraping Observation Deck Coming to the US Bank Building [Curbed LA]
- Tallest Tower in the West Will Have a Glass Slide Stuck to the Side of the 69th Floor [Curbed LA]
- All the Fun New Additions They're Making at Downtown LA's Tallest Tower in the West [Curbed LA]
- OUE Skyspace [Official site]