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Horrifying Skyslide Will Be 1,000 Feet in the Air on the Outside of a Building

SMILE, YOU’RE ONLY 1,000 FEET ABOVE LA! Renderings by Gensler, Courtesy OUE Ltd.
SMILE, YOU’RE ONLY 1,000 FEET ABOVE LA! Renderings by Gensler, Courtesy OUE Ltd.

With LA’s Wilshire Grand to be crowned as the new tallest building west of the Mississippi, you might expect the former tallest building west of the Mississippi to just sulk into oblivion. No way! The US Bank Tower is one-upping every observation deck on the planet with a soon-to-be-vomit-covered slide. ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING.

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Curbed LA has the details on the “skyslide,” a 36-foot glass slide designed by M. Ludvik & Co. that will allow to visitors to travel from the 70th to the 69th floor. ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING:

Called the Skyslide, the chute will be made of clear glass four inches thick, sit about 1,000 feet above the ground, and totally one-up other observation decks that just have that scary all-glass platform that creates the illusion of standing on air (like the one at Chicago’s Willis Tower).

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You know, the glass that, um, broke that one time. But it was supposed to!

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The skyslide should be open in a few months and will require a separate ticket for access—that’s $25 to get to the observation deck (which is designed by Gensler) and an extra $8 to slide down a piece of glass for three seconds, even though you’ll probably close your eyes the entire ride. But I’m guessing right now that getting tickets to this thing will not be easy. Especially since they’ll have to spend so much time fishing out the people who faint.

[Curbed LA]

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I’ve always wanted to see one of these super-high skyscrapers (100+floors) put in a dedicated elevator that would do a free-fall drop most of the way down to let the occupants experience zero-Gs for a few seconds. I’d buy a ticket for that!