A city is comprised of its people, its culture – and its buildings. Los Angeles has an impressive skyline, and its skyscrapers are an amazing part of its human history. The U.S. Bank Tower is an extraordinary example of fine architecture that reaches dizzying heights.
The building was originally known as Library Tower. It was built as part of a project to redevelop the library after fires in 1986. It stands 1,018 feet high, with 24 elevators servicing its 72 floors, and is the third tallest building in California and the 15th tallest in the US. Designed by Henry N. Cobb, the building’s original construction cost was $350 million. Its round, tiered design makes it one of the most recognizable buildings in the city.
Visitors can experience spectacular views and more from the OUE Skyspace LA, located on the tower’s 70th floor. You can use interactive technology to learn about the history of the building, enjoy signature cocktails and handcrafted bites, and even ride the slide – there’s a 45-foot, enclosed, all-glass slide around the outside of the building, 1,000 feet from the ground! You’ll delight in the 360° views of Los Angeles from the state’s tallest open-air observation terrace. The Skyspace is open seven days a week.
The building could be characterized as one of LA’s movie stars. It’s been the filming site for dozens of popular movies, including the Terminator franchise, Rush Hour, Swordfish, and more. It’s also a popular music video filming site, with artists like Bobby Brown and others performing on its rooftop. It has even been featured in some video game franchises like Grand Theft Auto.
The rooftop has another unique distinction – it featured the tallest rooftop helipad in the world until new buildings opened in China in 2010.
You can find the U.S. Bank Tower at 633 West 5th Street in Los Angeles, poised grandly among many other remarkable architectural achievements in the city.
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