What better place is there for a glass slide than stuck to the top of a skyscraper?
The latest foray into a trend that turns fun experiences into abject fear puts only a few centimetres of glass between backsides and 300 metres of airspace below.
Skyslide will be attached to the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles. Image: Gensler/OUE
The Skyslide will be attached to Los Angeles’ tallest building, the US Bank Tower, linking the 69th and 70th floors.
It’s part of the Skyspace LA project, which is billed as California’s highest open-air observation deck and interactive experience. Skyspace takes up space on floors 2, 54, 69 and 70 of the iconic tower, which was built in 1990.
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Skyslide is built from glass just 3.2 centimetres thick. Its entrance is 1.2 metres wide and its length about 14 metres, so there’s not much time to take in the views from inside the chute.
The slide exits at the 69th floor observation deck which overlooks LA and its surrounds.
Anyone aged five and over can use the slide for a cost of $11 on top of the $35 Skyspace ticket. However, there are height and weight restrictions.
US Bank Tower, the tallest building in Los Angeles. Photo: Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH
Skyspace and Skyslide are part of an initiative by real estate company and developer OUE to bring new life to buildings and communities.
Attractions, amusements and experiences, such as a giant enclosed slide that opened in a Chinese shopping centre last week, are becoming more popular in commercial premises around the world as as retailers compete for customers and try to lure people back to bricks-and-mortar shopping.
The US Bank Tower will be overtaken as LA’s tallest building when the 335-metre Wilshire Grand Center is completed in 2017.
Tickets for Skyspace and Skyslide will go on sale on March 18 before the official opening on June 25.