Credit: OUE

We’ve seen slides inside offices before but Downtown LA’s US Bank Tower is going one step further, installing a ride 1,000 ft up its facade.

The tallest building on the West Coast is undergoing a $50 million makeover by design firm Gensler, creating an observation deck and bar in addition to a glass slide taking thrill-seekers from the 70th to the 69th floor.

US Bank Tower Skyspace in Downtown LA
Credit: OUE

Called the OUE Skyspace LA, the rooftop complex is expected to open in late June and entry will cost $25. The slide itself will cost an additional $8. A restaurant, separate to Skyspace, will also move into the 71st floor later down the line.

According to the LA Times, the 73-storey tower’s revamp is a response to the growing popularity of the area’s renovated historical buildings, which are drawing in creative companies.

US Bank Tower slide in Downtown LA
Credit: OUE

The US Bank Tower, originally called the First Interstate World Center, was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and built in 1989. It’s not the only structure to have a sky-high slide coming up, with London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit tower set to open a 178-m-long helter skelter this year.

Tomo is a London-based writer covering design and architecture. He contributes to The Spaces.

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