If anyone should ask, I can now say I know what our glaziers see from the peak of LA’s tallest building, when hanging out from a swing stage above the city landscape. I’m not (for one moment!) claiming that I actually stood ON the moveable platform, but I did get to see what the view looks like from that height – and it’s jaw-dropping impressive.
Our project: installing the electrochromic windows that will encircle the new “71Above” panoramic restaurant at the top of the landmark US Bank Building in Downtown Los Angeles. The project is being handled by the Giroux Glass High-End Design team, led by Director, Brad Leslie (shown in white shirt, above). The windows are manufactured by Sage Glass, (a division of Saint-Gobain), and are wired for programming to change the level of tint according to when the sun could otherwise blind diners from the incredible view. At Giroux Glass we have worked on most of Los Angeles’ most striking high-rises, but this project takes us to our greatest height yet, at almost 800′.
The old-fashioned option, window shades, would obscure the view along with the blinding sun, but these high-tech windows will ensure a constant clear view of the city below. For yet more interaction with the outside, at the bottom of each window bay, there is an adjustable “RotoVent” – custom made by Alumicor specifically for curtain walls, and will be operable by diners while dining.