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Bank of America World Headquarters

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Client:

Bank of America

Architect:

Bernardi and Emmons

Office:

SF

Project size:

1,970,000 sqft

Date Completed:

1969

555 California Street, constructed as the Bank of America World Headquarters, is the second tallest building in San Francisco. The massive building was designed by Pietro Belluschi, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons for Bank of America. The striking and sculptural design features thousands of bay windows, speaking to the city’s residential heritage despite its bold proportions. Despite these bay windows, Belluschi did not want “dark holes” in his building, and designed the structure with dark polished granite so that reflections would be visible from many angles.