Great news today regarding Downtown LA’s (and the west coast’s for that matter) still tallest skyscraper, the 1,018-foot tall, 72-story Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower). Per the LA Times, more details have emerged about the observation deck that we already knew was coming and other exciting improvement upgrades geared for the landmark high-rise that has defined the downtown skyline since it was completed in 1989.
Since acquiring Library Tower in 2013, Singapore-based OUE has been working diligently to make Library Tower a relevant shining beacon once again. This time not just for office workers but for visitors and the public who may not necessarily work in the building. A $50 million makeover project when all said and done.
High above the ground floor, a new observation deck called Skyspace LA will take over floors 69 and 70 while a new restaurant called 71Above will be built out on the 71st floor. Akin to other observation decks like the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center, there will be outdoor terraces available that will augment the breathtaking 360-degree city views.
Skyspace LA will cost a reasonable $25 a ticket to go up and will be operated by Legends, which is the same company that runs the prestigious One World Trade Center observation deck in New York that just opened on May 29, 2015. Daily operating hours for Skyspace LA will run from 9 am to midnight. It’ll be great when visitors can purchase miniature Library Towers from the souvenir shop helping to market Los Angeles to the world as other cities have already done with their landmark structures.
In addition to the exciting news from the top, there will also be some very significant changes on the ground floor. Currently already under construction, the entire lobby of Library Tower is being remodeled. When completed, an entirely new wall of glass will wrap around the tower’s base allowing passersby to view inside the unobstructed lobby, which will sport a brand new 2,000-plus square foot LED screen (126 feet by 17 feet) that will showcase visually stunning images of Los Angeles injecting new energy onto 5th Street.
Lastly, a new ground floor entrance for Skyspace LA will be built out on the western side of the property next to the Bunker Hill Steps where Barista Society used to be (don’t worry, the awesome coffee shop will be returning in a new space inside).
The updated timeline for project completion is mid-2016.