The tallest skyscraper in downtown L.A, is an all glass skyslide opened on Saturday. The glass slide is at 1000 feet (305m) high, fixed to the 70th floor of the U.S Bank Tower, which is the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago. The Skyslide is the main part of the OUE Skyspace LA, an observation deck attraction
So, if you are less feared about the heights and love to slide down from heights, you can visit this long-waited Skyslide. Thrill seekers are allowed to slide for 14 meters, to 69th floor of the building. Riders pay around $19 for the tickets to visit the deck for daily admission.
“The slide actually transports people from the inside of the 70th floor to the outside of the 69th floor. So you’re standing in the open air by the time you’re done with your ride,” stated John Gamboa, OUE Americas senior Vice President. “We don’t know of anything else like it.” Gamboa also added that, the slide is solid enough that it could can hang “two blue whales from the slide, and it won’t budge.”
As per the Singapore-based OUE Ltd., the entire glass sides of the skyslide is only 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) thick which can withstand hurricane-force winds up to 110 miles per hour. The skyslide is hold together with the steel bars and this high glass skyslide can even survive a powerful earthquake.
The skyriders who dare to enjoy all glass Skyslide climb on to a mat on a launch area where an attendant helps them inch forward to enter the slide. Well, the must-see attraction in LA is definitely safe, as the slide is vigorously tested before it was launched.
According to CNN, Gamboa admitted that, “It’s not for everybody” – “But I think you’ll regret it if you don’t go down the slide when you come to L.A…. When people sit out on the ledge before they go down, some hesitate. It takes a while for people to warm up, but when they go down — they want to do it again.”
Many concepts like an external elevator, a zip line, a cable car are explored before finalizing the Sky slide. And installation of the skyslide was really a breathtaking project. The slide was airlifted by fire department helicopters, to the 69th floor of the building’s terrace in the month of March.
“From there, the process got even more complicated,” mentioned Gamboa in a statement. “It entailed a lot of geometry and manual manipulation.” It was also declared that no machines were used to fix the slide to the sides of the building. Slides Construction unit used a complex pulley system to attach the slide in the exact location.