The Transamerica Pyramid is an iconic building and landmark located in San Francisco, California. It is the tallest and the most recognizable building in the city’s skyline. It was once the main headquarters for Transamerica Corporation.
Transamerica Pyramid History
The Transamerica Pyramid was built on historic Montgomery Block. It was designed by architect William Pereira and once faced considerable opposition as to its construction. But it was eventually constructed in 1969. The building was finished around 1972. From 1972 to 1974, it was considered to be the tallest skyscraper in the West Coast and has since been surpassed by the Aon Center in Los Angeles.
Transamerica Pyramid Design
The Transamerica Pyramid is designed as a four-sided pyramid with two wings on both sides to house the building’s elevator shaft and a smoke evacuation tower for fighting fires. It stands 260 meters or 850 feet tall, with 64.6 meters or 212 feet at the top of the building built as its spire. It contains 48 floors of office and retail space.
Transamerica Pyramid Features
The facade of the building is covered with crushed quartz which gives it a distinctive pure white color. The building’s foundation is 9 feet thick with its four story base containing 12,000 cubic meters of concrete and used over 300 miles worth of steel rebar. The building is topped with a glass pyramid cap that encloses an aircraft warning light as well as a white beacon that is lighted at certain periods of the season.