Playground in the sky

An artist's rendering of the Skyslide attraction, which is more than 300m above downtown Los Angeles.
An artist's rendering of the Skyslide attraction, which is more than 300m above downtown Los Angeles. PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore-based OUE Ltd is set to open a glass slide at the side of its upcoming skyscraper in Los Angeles in June

LOS ANGELES • Do not look down.

The owner of a 73-floor tower in Los Angeles that ranks as the tallest building in the United States, west of the Mississippi River, is building a glass slide to hang off the exterior of the structure and it will invite visitors to ride the attraction.

Starting in June, thrill-seekers will be able to ride the Skyslide at the US Bank Tower, getting on at the 70th floor and looking down at the pavement nearly 305m below as they sit and slide for 14m to an outdoor platform on the 69th floor, according to the building's owner, Singapore-based OUE Ltd.

The glass on the fully enclosed slide will be only 3.2cm thick, the company said.

Tickets to the slide, which is part of a larger attraction called OUE Skyspace LA featuring an observation deck for visitors, are slated to go on sale on March 18.

Thomson Reuters leases space in the 310.3m-tall US Bank Tower.

The builders of Wilshire Grand Center, a skyscraper under construction in downtown Los Angeles, say their 73-storey structure once completed, including a spire at its top, will become the tallest building west of the Mississippi. That tower is set to open next year.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2016, with the headline 'Playground in the sky'. Print Edition | Subscribe