Crown Zellerbach Building

Skidmore Owings & Merrill
1959



This 20-story skyscraper (320 feet) received a 1997 AIACC Special Award for retaining its central form and character. Not only is it a striking example of the International style (with its shimmering glass curtain wall), but it was innovative in separating the service portions in an opaque cube from the offices, which are sheathed in a green-tinted curtain wall.

 

The base with its slender support columns

Part of the plaza is depressed beneath the street level; "bridges" serve as entrances.

 



Other works by Skidmore Owings and Merrill on this site include: Alcoa Building, Beinecke Rare Book Library (Yale), Columbus City Hall, Richard J. Daley Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Fort Wayne Art Museum, Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Hastings College of Law, Hirshhorn Museum, John Hancock Building, Lever House, Olivetti Building, The Republic (Newspaper) Building, and the Sears Tower. .


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