CLADmag issue 2 2017

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HOLLYWOOD THRILLS Project: Skyslide Location: Los Angeles, USA Architect: Gensler Last June saw the opening of the Skyslide, a nerve-testing glass slide located 1,000ft above the ground near the top of Los Angeles’ Bank Tower. The slide was created by architects Gensler and is part of the OUE Skyspace LA attraction – California’s tallest open-air 360-degree observation deck and restaurant. The 45ft (13.7m) long Skyslide links the 70th and 69th floors of the building. Just 1.25 inches thick, riders feel like they are descending through thin air. Singapore investor Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) bought the tower in 2014 for US$367.5m (E332.m, £274m). While the building will mostly be used for offices, the company believes the Skyspace attraction can draw 500,000 visitors a year, generating US$12.5m (E11.3m, £9.3m) in ticket sales alone. “The Skyslide boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world,” said OUE’s Lucy Rumantir, president and CEO for the Americas. “Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to transform their view of Los Angeles as they glide down, gazing at unparalleled views of the city.”

The OUE Skyspace LA provides 360-degree views of the city, as well as the glass slide. It opened in June 2016