San Francisco: Three Firms Vie for West Coast's Tallest Skyscraper
A competition is underway in San Francisco to design a skyscraper that will be part of the Transbay Terminal development, a transportation hub that will provide access to a proposed high-speed rail line linking the city to Los Angeles.
Inhabit notes: "The three proposed skyscraper designs, by SOM, Pelli Clarke Pelli and Richard Roger’s Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, are all over 1200 ft (nearly 1/3 higher than the current skyscraper champion in San Francisco, the 853 ft Transamerica Pyramid). All feature large wind turbines on the roof to provide renewable energy for the building."
One proposal, from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners design.
A second proposal from Pelli Clarke Pelli.
A third from Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill.
Having been in San Francisco during the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, I don't envy anyone on the top floors of these towers when the "big one" finally decides to hit.
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