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24 April 2024

Pay $8 to slip through a glass slide - 1,000 feet above ground

Pic courtesy: Gensler

By Parag Deulgaonkar

The owners of the 310-metre US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles are building a "Skyslide."

Dropping from the 70th to the 69th floor, the Skyslide will let thrill seekers glide a 36-feet-long glass-bottomed slide almost over 1,000 feet from the ground, reported Curbed LA website.

The Skyslide is a part of the $50 million renovation undertaken by OUE Limited, transforming some floors of the building to draw tourists.

The Los Angeles magazine, however, said the biggest addition will an indoor-outdoor observation deck on the 70th floor that will boast 360-degree views.

It will be California’s tallest open-air observation deck, for the time being, and will be managed by Legends, the same firm responsible for the observatory at the top of the One World Trade Center in NYC, it added.

Ticket to the observation deck will cost $25 with the glass sliding costing another $8.

The magazine quoted OUE chief operating officer Lucy Rumantir saying in an email: “The experience will feature a virtual 360-degree topography wall showing various points of interest around Los Angeles, an infinity mirror that creates the illusion that the viewer is looking down the core of the building, and a shadow wall, which creates reflective images based on your body’s movement.”

The attractions are set for completion in 2016.

The tower is the tallest building in California, eleventh tallest in the United States and the 65th tallest building in the world. Completed in 1989, it consists of 73 stories above ground and two parking levels below ground.