It was just about a year ago -- in fact, it was exactly a year ago -- when rumors of skyscrapers and observation decks and new vistas seen from downtown began to flood the local headlines.
The rumors were founded and the wait began: The U.S. Bank Tower, sometimes still called the Library Tower by longtimers around the region, indeed had a major change on the horizon. The skyscraper that's the huff-and-puff setting for the fall's famous YMCA-fundraising stair run, the very building seen in films like "Independence Day," would be getting an alfresco area made for view-enjoyment, party-having, and the thrill of being outside at 69 stories above downtown.
Overseas United Enterprise Ltd. is the Singapore-based company behind the big build, which is due for its big debut in 2016. But we can enjoy the observation deck now, without the elevator ride, via the just-released renderings of how the new space, which will include a restaurant, will look.
Some sizable public areas, lots of tony artworks, and vast vista-filling windows are hallmarks of the first peek into the OUE Skyspace LA.
Gold and warmer metal tones lend the interiors, which include a staircase between floors, their eye-popping looks.
The LA Times writes that a ticket up to the sixty ninth and seventieth floors will be twenty five dollars.
What that price will snag the elevation-seeking viewer: "360-degree views of Los Angeles" from the tallest building in Los Angeles and what is frequently described as the tallest structure on this side of the Mississippi River.
OUE Skyspace LA is also billed as "California's tallest open-air observation deck."
Need a tour before the middle-of-next-year reveal? The deck's Facebook page is live and the renderings give a gold-in-the-sky first feel.