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Iconic Transamerica Tower to Get Facelift via Foster + Partners

“Iconic” gets tossed around a bit loosely, but in the case of the Transamerica Pyramid Center in downtown San Francisco, the moniker is justified. The icon is about to get a facelift, too.

In the most comprehensive update in its 50-year history, SHVO, the luxury real estate development and investment firm, announced a $250 million renovation of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Center in San Francisco by world renowned architects Foster + Partners.

Leading the team is Pritzker laureate Lord Norman Foster, who is known for expertise in melding historic architecture with contemporary design. Foster + Partners won the assignment after an invitation-only competition. Foster’s Pritzker Prize is for his work on Millennium Bridge in London, 1999.

Details from the news release include: 

Located in one of the world’s premier gateway cities, and a symbol of San Francisco’s ambition, the Transamerica Pyramid Center encompasses an entire city block in the Financial District. The Transamerica Pyramid, designed by celebrated futurist architect William Pereira and completed in 1972, is emblematic of the skyline. The broader site consists of two additional buildings – Two Transamerica (505 Sansome Street) and Three Transamerica (545 Sansome Street), and the famed central Redwood Park.

Transamerica is the city’s second-tallest building, recently overshadowed by the construction of the Salesforce Tower.  

Foster + Partners plans to reimagine the office as a living space, with an emphasis on comfort, hospitality and flexibility for both tenants and visitors.


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