Despite being the crown jewel of L.A.’s skyline and the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago, the 1108-foot-high U.S. Bank Tower is one of the country’s most nondescript major buildings, lacking the cache of its eastern counterparts like the Sears Tower and the Empire State Building. But that’s about to change thanks to the Skyslide, a 45-foot-long slide attached to the outside of the building’s 70th floor—or, in other words, 1000 feet above Downtown Los Angeles.
The see-through slide, which is set to open in L.A. this weekend, will whisk thrill-seekers down from the 70th to the 69th floor for a cost of $33. Included in that price is access to an observation deck that promises stunning views of the city’s diverse landscape. According to glass guru Michael Ludvik, who designed the Skyslide, it’s only an inch thick and uses chemicals to achieve a steel-like resilience. “The wonderful contradiction of the slide is that it only feels unsafe,” Ludvik told Slate. “It’s built with factors of safety and levels of redundancy which would make the most conservative engineer blush.”
Lucy Rumantir, president and CEO of OUE America, the Singapore-based real estate firm that bought the tower three years ago, admits that the slide was built to ensure Los Angeles’s most iconic skyscraper stays that way, adding that “you can only achieve something different if you dare to do something big.”
Will you be checking out L.A.’s latest attraction? Get your Skyslide tickets online.