One of the buildings most charismatic of San Francisco is undoubtedly known as the Transamerica Pyramid.
Not only because it be the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco , but especially for its special design which justifies its name, for it is indeed building a pyramid with four sides.
When you get to San Francisco for a trip down the west coast of the United States , you will have no problem recognizing and reaching the Transamerica Pyramid, located more centrally in the city and the district of North Beach, on Columbus Avenue,
Your name Transamerica comes from being originally the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, the owner of Bank of America.
This icon of San Francisco skyscraper was built between 1969 and 1972, with the design of architect William Pereira. Its construction took into account the special topographical conditions of the city, with high seismic sensitivity, which forced some special reinforcements in the building structure.
This was tested in 1989, after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay, after which the building was not affected.
You’ll see when you get to San Francisco is not a city of huge skyscrapers, which explains its tallest building has 48 floors.
Of course, when in 1072 he finished building the piramida Transamerica , with its 260 meters high, it was the eighth tallest building in the world, a fact that really now is ridiculous before the big skyscrapers have risen in recent years in countries especially Asian and Persian Gulf.
In 1999 the owner of the building company, Transamerica Corp., was acquired by Dutch insurance company AEGON, but the brand of Transamerica remained the same since continued this financial division headquarters.
The Transamerica Pyramid is an office building that can not be visited by the public. So, the bad news is that there is a vantage point in one of the upper floors to be able to upload.
But if you’re especially curious about this peculiar skyscraper at the entrance of the Clay Street is the Visitor Center the Transamerica Pyramid, where you can watch videos, get information about its history, or buy souvenirs. The opening time is 10 to 15 hours.