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View Poll Results: Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco
10 174 20.81%
9.5 80 9.57%
9 129 15.43%
8.5 88 10.53%
8 101 12.08%
7.5 54 6.46%
7 56 6.70%
6.5 19 2.27%
6 24 2.87%
5.5 10 1.20%
5 18 2.15%
4.5 9 1.08%
4 18 2.15%
3.5 9 1.08%
3 or less 47 5.62%
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Old October 24th, 2002, 01:56 AM   #1
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#096 l Transamerica Pyramid l SAN FRANCISCO l 260m l 48fl

Transamerica Pyramid
San Francisco, USA


HEIGHT: 260m/853 feet
FLOORS: 48 floors
COMPLETION: 1972
ARCHITECT: William Pereira

This is the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, and is also their corporate logo. The pyramid is flanked by a set of structures that look like wings. They start at the 29th floor and are both for form and function. The eastern wing is an elevator shaft. The western wing has a stairwell. Although this is San Francisco's tallest building, the pyramid isn't as tall as it looks. It only has 48 floors, but with the additional 212-foot aluminum spire, it is an powerful, yet friendly, presence in the city's skyline. More importantly, its tapered lines allow more sunlight to penetrate to street level in a city where the sun has to do almost daily battle with the fog.























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Old October 24th, 2002, 02:00 AM   #2
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Exotic and interesting...8.5/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 03:22 AM   #3
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I used to work there and trust me, its the best skyscraper west of Chicago!!!! The views are just spectacular, the design is timeless and its presence further enhances the beauty of San Francisco! If I had an option, I would have rated it 11!
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Old October 24th, 2002, 03:27 AM   #4
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one of the few rare innovative skyscrapers ever built .. . love it 9/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 06:28 AM   #5
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I love this one too. However I think the base of the building looks a bit cheap. The rest is great.


8.5/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 08:52 AM   #6
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I think the base of the building looks a bit cheap.
Agreed.

Apart from that, though, it's an absolutely stunning structure, nicely situated, and one of SF's early highrises. Also, it managed to stay somewhat at the edge of the subsequent skyscraper boom in the Financial District and therefore the entire structure, built on a large lot that features a pleasant little park, continues to stand out, with the views from the offices hardly diminished.

Given the above flaw and anticipating unexpected jewels in the as yet unsampled part of the collection: 9.5.
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Old October 24th, 2002, 09:34 AM   #7
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The base is very well designed, doesn't look that good, but makes it more reststant to strong earthquakes.

The deisgn with it's two wings is good. One of my favs.

8.5/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 11:26 AM   #8
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Well, in the beginning I hated the base od the building (last five floors I think) but I can live with that now. I just still think it interrupts a bit. I'm also not wild about the wings, however, (just like the base) the wings have their functions as well. It's giving the buildings more verticality anyway. The fact that it's actually one of the most eathrquake proof skyscrapers in the world, gives it another point towards the 10 points, I also like the top of the building, when lit up at night, however, I have a few buildings in the world, which I like even more. Although TAP isn't my absolute fav, it's still among the best of the best imo. 9.5/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 12:32 PM   #9
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wow, a master peice for San Francisco!
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Old October 24th, 2002, 04:37 PM   #10
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Distinctive design, I like the triangular spire and the two wings on either side. 8/10
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Old October 24th, 2002, 04:46 PM   #11
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The best landmark in the world !

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another great picture :

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Old October 25th, 2002, 03:19 AM   #12
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A very bold and startlingly original design. 10/10.

btw I love the base too!
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Old October 25th, 2002, 03:43 AM   #13
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question, at the top usable floor, what is the floor area?
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Old October 25th, 2002, 01:16 PM   #14
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I love it, the design is a classic, but I agree with quite a few other people, that the base spoils it 9.5/10
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Old October 25th, 2002, 07:03 PM   #15
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8.5/10

Very iconic.

stanford> I think the area of the top floor is 4000 sq ft or less.
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Old October 25th, 2002, 07:25 PM   #16
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I've always disliked this structure; in pics and in life. It's best for all if i hesitate to give the 101 reasons as to why.

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Old October 25th, 2002, 07:31 PM   #17
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museumb > please feel free to elaborate. It is more interesting to do so and this IS the place for it! As long as it applies to the building
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Old October 26th, 2002, 05:43 AM   #18
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I've newer really liked this building. In my opinion the materials they used make the building look cheep, it already seems dirty and old. I'm not sure you guys can disagree.

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Old October 26th, 2002, 10:34 PM   #19
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it's good but not one of the greats.

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Old October 26th, 2002, 11:31 PM   #20
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I like the Transamerica Pyramid a lot. It reflects off the past, which really gives you that SF feel. I'm giving it a 10/10. It fits perfectly into the skyline.
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