San Francisco’s Twisted Skyscraper Is An Architectural Masterpiece

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco’s Twisted Skyscraper Is An Architectural Masterpiece

Pass by this SF skyscraper in the Transbay Neighborhood and you’ll easily do a double take. The 40-story, 400-foot tower appears to have a striking fluidity to its surface due to a repeating spiral pattern on its entire façade. Either this is Inception, or you’re looking at the MIRA building.

Architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects designed MIRA in 2014, and construction was completed in 2020 in collaboration with real estate powerhouse Tishman Speyer. The fascinating skyscraper is home to 392 luxury condos, which have slightly different layouts due to the skewed window and balcony placement on each floor.

The modular design repeats every 11 floors, and aerospace engineering techniques were used to construct the smooth, flowing design, according to Architectural Digest.

“Reinterpreting the classic bay windows of San Francisco, our design amplifies the dynamic quality of the neighbourhood,” said Gang in a project statement. “Spiraling all the way up this 400-foot tower, bay windows create unique spaces in every residence that offer fresh air, expansive views, and changing qualities of light throughout the day.”

MIRA residents enjoy spectacular Bay Bridge and ocean views, plus a gorgeous lobby space, expansive fitness center, elegant private dining space and lounge, roof deck, valet parking, and a children’s play area.

The 1- to 3-bedroom condos feature large open floorplans with white marble countertops, rain showers, and handcrafted elements. Every unit has a gorgeous bay window in the living room with 180-degree views of the Bay or surrounding skyline.


SF Chronicle reports that units start at $5 million on the top floors and decrease in price further down. If you’re interested in seeing for yourself, you can easily schedule a tour at the MIRA website.

According to Architectural Digest, MIRA is also aiming for LEED Gold Certification with its high-efficiency green living enhancements. These include a graywater harvesting system, green roofs, and a VRF cooling system.

 Whether or not you’re seeking housing in a luxury condo, this building is worth checking out even from the street view. It’s truly an architectural marvel that stands out amongst San Francisco’s surrounding skyscrapers.

You can find MIRA at 280 Spear Street in the Transbay Neighborhood.


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