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1 The Transamerica Pyramid

The Transamerica Pyramid

The Transamerica Pyramid
Here we have one of my all-time favorite buildings, the Transamerica Pyramid of course. The one that was constructed back in 1972, and became an instant icon of the city skyline. And still today it's San Francisco's tallest building. But it's also a building that's quite respectful of its smaller neighbors. Because that pyramidal shape helps sunshine and fresh air to filter down into the streets surrounding it. There are a lot of interesting design curiosities for the Transamerica Pyramid. For example, if we take a look up and see all the windows up there. A lot of those will actually rotate through 360 degrees. So when it's cleaning time you don't have to crawl up the outside, you can just flip the window around and clean it from the inside. So if we do take a close look at the outside of the building, we'll see that it's covered in this crushed quartz. And that's what gives the Transamerica Pyramid it's pure white color. Further up the building we have a couple more curiosities. As from the 29th floor onwards, we can see these wings growing out on either side. And they were necessary because the elevators, of course, they cannot go up on a diagonal so they created those wings to house the vertical elevator shafts. A small update to this story. The Transamerica Pyramid there is soon going to lose its crown as the city's tallest building to these new buildings there that are in construction while we're filming.
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Transamerica Redwood Park

1 Transamerica Redwood Park

Transamerica Redwood Park