transamerica pyramid redesign by foster + partners

 

real estate company SHVO, owner of san fransisco’s transamerica pyramid, is working in collaboration with world-renowned architect norman foster to redesign the interiors of the iconic tower. the firms plan to invest $250 million in order to give the 1972 building a sweeping makeover. the project will also include the expansion of the tower’s redwood park and the adjacent 545 sansome street. the transformation is expected to begin in early april, 2022, and it will take about a year to complete.

Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco

all images courtesy of SHVO

 

 

transforming a truly iconic building

 

designed by famed american architect william pereira and built in 1972, the transamerica pyramid reaches 850 ft (259 m) in height. the structure is the second tallest in san francisco, and its luminous spire stands out as the most recognizable landmark on the city’s skyline. offering unobstructed views, the transamerica pyramid features a striking exterior covered in white quartz, with over 3,000 windows. its unique form allows for distinct floor plates from 3,000 to 20,0000 sqft (278 to 1,858 sqm). in 2019, the pyramid was re-certified LEED platinum. 

 

the $250 million transformation will include the refurbishment of the interiors, as well as the expansion of the redwood park and the neighboring 545 sansome st. moreover, the architects will install a new facade to create a modern office building at the cost of approximately $150 million. ‘the word iconic is overused but it’s truly an iconic building. it’s a piece of history.’ shares norman foster (find more here) in a publicity video released by SHVO (find more here). ‘it’s about responding to a very specific climate of a city. it’s about health; it’s about sustainability; it’s about green.’ he adds.

 

 

Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco

Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco Foster + Partners to complete $250 million redesign of Transamerica Pyramid in San Fransisco

 

 

project info:

 

name: transamerica pyramid center makeover
architects: foster + partners
owner: SHVO
location: san fransisco