Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

Salesforce Tower San Francisco, Transbay Building by César Pelli, Skyscraper Images

Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

San Francisco High-Rise Building, California, USA – design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Jan 22, 2018
Salesforce Tower
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli

San Francisco’s tallest building officially opens.

The 1.42 million-sqft tower at First and Mission streets opened Monday.

Top of the Salesforce Tower Building in San Francisco:

Salesforce Tower Building San Francisco
images courtesy of architects

At 1,070 feet it overtook the previous tallest building in the city, the 853-foot Transamerica Pyramid, the highest tower since 1972.

Area: 1.4 million square feet / 130,000 square meters

Salesforce Tower is now the tallest building in San Francisco, joining the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Building as one of the skyline’s defining elements.

Pelli Clarke Pelli won an international competition in 2007 to design the tower and the Salesforce Transit Center at its base. Together, the two buildings represent a novel approach to public-​private collaboration and sustainability in an urban setting.

Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

The architecture competition was sponsored by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, a public entity created by the City of San Francisco to develop the new transit center. To help fund that building, part of the site was offered for sale to teams of developers and architects in an invited competition. Pelli Clarke Pelli and its development partner submitted a design that focuses on sustainability, neighborhood development, and financial feasibility.

Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

Standing 326 meters (1,070 feet) tall, the tower has the simple, timeless form of the obelisk, giving the 61-​story tower a slender, tapering silhouette. The walls are composed of clear glass with pearlescent metal accents. These horizontal and vertical accents gradually taper in depth to accentuate the curved glass corners. The walls rise past the top floor to form a transparent crown that appears to dissolve into the sky. Carved into the tower top is a vertical facet that will be lit at night.

Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

At its base, Salesforce Tower connects directly to the transit center, which will house 11 Bay Area transit systems. On top of the Transit Center and linked directly to the tower is a 5.4-acre public park, which will offer recreational, educational, and nature activities. The park has two roles: the future anchor of the neighborhood and a key element of the project’s sustainable design strategy.

Salesforce Tower Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli

Each floor of the tower will have integrated metal sunshades, calibrated to maximize light and views while reducing solar gain. High performance, low-​emissivity glass will also help to reduce the building’s cooling load. Cooling may be provided in part by heat-​exchanging coils wrapped around the tower’s foundations. The tower and transit center also include comprehensive water recycling systems. In addition, high efficiency air-​handlers will take in fresh air on every floor.

source: Salesforce Tower Building

Previously on e-architect:

Aug 1, 2017
Salesforce Transit Center, South of Market
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Salesforce Transit Center Building
images courtesy of architects

Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco
The Salesforce Transit Center will be a multimodal transit station in downtown San Francisco, linking 11 transit systems and connecting the city to the region, the state, and the nation. The innovative, highly sustainable design is currently under construction.
The complex will include a 5.4-acre rooftop park that will anchor the growth of a new mixed-use neighborhood. The soaring light-filled spaces will give San Francisco a grand entrance.

The Salesforce Tower, located on an adjacent site, is the centerpiece of the San Francisco Transbay redevelopment plan. The plan contains a mix of office, transportation, retail, and residential uses. The tower will become the tallest in San Francisco with a top roof height of 970 feet (296 m) and an overall height of 1,070 feet (326 m).

It will be the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi River after the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles. It will also be taller then the Transamerica Pyramid by more than 200 feet (61 m).

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects won a global architecture competition in 2007 beating British architect Richard Rogers and celebrated US architects firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).

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Salesforce Tower Building


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