Photographer's Note

Pyramid Reflections
After three different pictures of the façade of the Transamerican Pyramid today, three different pictures with reflections of the Transamerican Pyramid.
For all pictures I used the reflecting property and distorting qualities of cars in the direct neighbourhood of the building.

Main picture (Large scalable version) Multi Reflection
Workshop 1 Double Reflection
Workshop 2 Up Side Down Reflection

Make: SONY
Model: ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 19,00
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 83 mm
Date Taken: 2017-08-06 17:14
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 5067 kb

Name: Transamerica Pyramid
Alternative name: The Spire

Structure in General
Building type: skyscraper
Structural material: composite structure
Foundation system: mat foundation
Facade material: quartz
Facade system: curtain wall
Facade color: white
Architectural style: futurism
Roof system: pyramid

Technical Data
Height (tip): 260.00 m
Height (architectural): 260.00 m
Height (roof): 260.00 m
Floors (above ground): 48
Construction start: 1969
Construction end: 1972
Elevators: 18
Parking places: 280
Building costs: $44,000,000

■The Transamerica Pyramid is one of the most recognized buildings in the United States.
■Tallest building in San Francisco for 45 years; surpassed by Salesforce Tower in 2017.
■Throughout its construction, the boarding surrounding the emerging site boldly boasted: A San Francisco landmark since 1972.
■ The foundation consists of a steel and concrete block that sits 52 feet underground and is designed to move during earthquakes.
■ Components of the base include approximately 16,000 cubic yards of concrete, encasing more than 300 miles of steel reinforcement rods.
■ The top floor (48th) features a tenants-only conference room with 360-degree views of the city and bay.
■ Only two elevators reach the top floor.
■ The 'spire' is the upper 212 feet (64.6 meters), and is covered with vertically louvered aluminum panels. The lower portion of the spire encloses mechanical equipment.
■ A virtual observation deck has four cameras at the very top of the spire pointed in all directions. In the lobby there are four monitors broadcasting the images 24 hours a day.
■ During the 7.1-magnitude Bay Area earthquake in 1989, the top story swayed nearly a foot from side to side.
■ With 3,678 windows it takes a month to wash them. (source:

website Pyramidcenter

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5674 W: 329 N: 11044] (43256)
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