"Building tall buildings is fundamentally an aspirational act, and an act of optimism," said the senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli during the ceremony. The architectural firm designed Salesforce Tower as well as the under-construction Transbay Terminal seen here below.
Benioff said the top floor, the 61st, will become a community gathering space called the Ohana Floor after the Hawaiian word for family. The space, with sweeping views of the city, will be a Salesforce conference and event space during business hours. At night and during the weekends, the space will be available to a wider community of partners and nonprofits for use free of charge.
Looking out over the San Francisco Bay, the taller of the buildings in the distance is the residential One Rincon Hill South Tower, which was completed in 2008 and stands 60 stories and 641 feet tall.
Looking out towards another burgeoning San Francisco neighborhood, Mission Bay, is the site of the under-construction Golden State Warriors home arena at 3rd and Mission Streets. In the lower left is AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
From up here, we're looking down on San Francisco's Financial District, dense with many of the city's tallest buildings. The famed Transamerica Pyramid was the former tallest building in San Francisco at 853 feet tall.