Last week we were given an exclusive sneak-peek at 71Above’s new space atop the US Bank Tower — the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The iconic Downtown LA skyscraper is home to some of the most phenomenal views in the entire city, and when the restaurant opens later this spring, 71Above plan on sharing them with the world. We were taken up the two-elevator ride by owner Emil Eyvazoff, then stepped over nails, contoured poles and chatted with construction workers fitting out space to get to the restaurant’s huge draw: 360degree views of LA and beyond. On a clear today the views reach from Point Dume in Malibu to Laguna Beach in Orange County and shows off some of DTLA’s most interesting and unseen angles.
Even at high noon, squinting and sunglasses weren’t necessary thanks to their electrochromic glass windows — 192 smart pieces of glass which monitor the sun’s angle and intensity then moderates the glass panels to manipulate the light, glare, and heat coming in. In Downtowner terms, this means we were able to take all the photos we wanted without burning our eyes out.