Think a glass-bottomed skyscraper observation deck doesn't provide enough of a thrill? You're in luck.
Pick out your thickest pants because OUE Skyspace Los Angeles is planning to open a long transparent glass "Skyslide" between upper floors of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. Wheee?
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Skyslide is part of larger plans to open a new observation deck with 360-degree views of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Visitors will be able to head up there and look for the San Gabriel Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and L.A. landmarks from the skyscraper's upper floors.
The indoor-outdoor observation area, called OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, is a $50 million project led by Singapore-based developer OUE and the architectural firm Gensler, Designboom reported. When completed, it's expected to be the tallest open-air observation deck in California.
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The plans include the Skyslide, which will sit about 1,000 feet above the sidewalk and allow visitors to glide from the 70th floor down to the 69th. The four-foot-wide slide will be enclosed on all sides with 1.25-inch thick clear glass and span 45 feet, the official description reads.
"Visitors will experience Skyslide's unparalleled views in a whole new way," the website said, which is kind of an understatement. Condé Nast Traveler put it better, saying the new attraction "looks like a set piece from ‘Mission Impossible.'"
The slide opens to visitors this summer as a main Skyspace attraction. OUE Skyscape Los Angeles announced that the deck will open to the public on June 25 and admission will be $25.
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Rather than braving the Skyslide, I'd probably be that guy in the rendering who's crouching at the base with a camera ready to capture whatever insanity is coming down the chute.
My elementary school playground taught me a lot - like don't run on the wet bridge because you'll fall and split your lip open. And avoid the metal slide, especially in hot weather. But hey, I get that others are more adventurous. In L.A., the playground is about to get more elevated.